The new 2H2012 LEGO Technic sets are reported to be selling at an official LEGO Shop in Germany and now they are also available as 'Buy It Now' from eBay [9398, 9396, 9393].
Someone was sloppy with the company the rules, once more...
And because these won't remain in the shelves for long, someone has already shown a new kind of Dark Tan 4L Axle (part 4666999) coming with the 9398, 4x4 Crawler. It avoids having to use a technic bush or similar to keep gears, wheels or whatsoever 1L apart. However with some advantage because this is maintained fixed by the part own physical constraints.
Good luck for the hunt!