As an aside from the distribution talk (in a way), I was in Toymaster the other day (British toy retailer), and they'd just got two new boxes of series 1 in. The cashier was kind enough to provide a list that basically told me which each figure was - no barcodes, she'd written a number for each figure on the back of the packet - and, while looking through for a clown/robot/etc, one of the other employees offered two tidbits of information: series 2 was 'coming very soon', but, in something a little more newsworthy, he mentioned he had 'barcodes' for series 3. He refused to show me, but said one of the figures was 'similar to Harry Potter'.
My first thought was 'series 3 doesn't have barcodes', and the 'Harry Potter' character could easily have been the witch from series 2, but he seemed to know what he was talking about - he knew everything that was in series 2 already, and we discussed the best of series 1, so he could easily have been telling the truth. But, alas, he may have simply been confused.
Nonetheless, for those in the UK, series 2 will indeed be coming very soon, and series 3 may well still use the barcode method... now we play the waiting game.