If you still haven’t picked up or ordered the book by now and live near a LEGO store, you can attend a special release party this coming Saturday October 10, 2009 at all store locations. The festivities start at 2:00pm and will end when they end but I think officially it’s supposed to end at 3:00pm. There will be trivia contests, giveaways, prizes (Chrome Darth Vader anyone?), and members of the 501st in costume to take pictures and help keep the peace.
Keep in mind this is information gleaned from my local store (Glendale, CA) and it is supposed to be happening at all LEGO store locations, according to the person I spoke with. This event is not posted on LEGO’s website either, so please be aware that YMMV; call ahead to confirm.
Update: Duh, I should have just checked the publisher’s web site, as they have an official list of Release Parties happening all around the U.S.