Looking through Phil's NAMM photos, this jumped out at me (couldn't link to his pic, this is from elsewhere):
It seemed that most HC folks' objection to the Firebird X when it was released was due to its appearance. Is this any better?
My opinion: Unless you can do a full gig on one set of batteries, unlike the real-world performance of the Firebird X, it is still a non-functional product. I couldn't care less that it has three different kinds of knobs and four different colored switch-tips, but I can see that OCD folks would run screaming from the room when they see it.