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Pop-up books simple ‘Star Wars’ fun

These are two of the original “Star Wars’ pop-up books.
These are two of the original “Star Wars’ pop-up books. Rick Bentley/The Fresno Bee

Some of the best “Star Wars” collectibles are the simplest. Back in 1980, Random House released several “pop-up books” including one for “The Empire Strikes Back” and another for “Return of the Jedi.”

If you never had a pop-up book, each page features an interactive feature. After reading the text, there would be a tab to pull or slid. This would create movement on the page.

For example, in the “Return of the Jedi” book, there is a page that says “The Ewoks see Luke use the Force. Then they join Luke’s side.” On the page is a cardboard cutout of C3PO in a wooded chair. Pull on the tab and the droid appears to float into the air.

These books are often difficult to find intact. It was too easy for the pop-up elements to get torn or lost.

If you can find the books, they are still very simple fun.

Rick Bentley: 559-441-6355, @RickBentley1