Series 3 minifigs have no barcodes, but DO have raised bumps!
This is massive news... barcodes may have gone but news broke overnight (GMT) at fbtb that there IS still a way to find out what's in the pack before you open it, thanks to some 'raised bumps' along the seam.
Not having seen (or felt!) a pack I don't know how obvious these are but you can read more, see photos of them, and grab a cheat-sheet over at fbtb. Thanks DrDave for alerting me to this and fbtb forum member 'that guy' for discovering. As Ace at fbtb says, 'the LEGO community thanks you', but I suspect the LEGO company is not so happy now that its plans for the packs to remain 'blind' have been thwarted. I wonder if they'll make another change on future series' packs.
Now, who's going to come up with the first Android or iPhone app to indentify these? Is it even possible?
Meanwhile, eBay is flooded with the figs and some sellers are now shipping internationally. If you're in Europe and need to be the first on the block with them, check the set details page or the eBay search tool and get bidding!