I don't know how this LEGO centric blog slipped through my net of informants until now, but BrickPOP is reporting they just bought several cases of the Series 3 Collectible Minifigures at a Fred Meyer in Seatlle, WA. Not only that, they got them all for 25% off with a coupon! Don't believe me? Here's a pic of Hillel Cooperman with the goods.
Perhaps LEGO heard the cries of US consumers about getting Series 3 at the same time as the rest of the world. I just can't believe we beat Europe to the punch.