Okay, just answered my own question: I explored Miniatures Market, an online retailer (not the only viable one certainly, but a good one), and they list the game as "preorder," with the following prices:
Starter: $39.95 retail, $25.97 their (at least preorder) price.
Expansion craft: $14.95 retail, $9.72 their price.
Spare dice set: $7.95 retail, $5.17 their price.
So, those prices lessen the Pain Factor somewhat. Those are rational, doable. Might have to snag me a Y-Wing too.
Okay, so mild twinge of excitement….
EDIT: LESS good news, however, after a Google search for misc. preorders, is that two sites placed the Release Date as July 2012.