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Photographer transforms 'Star Wars' characters into funny, thoughtful parodies

David Eger has a passion for George Lucas creations. "I have been an avid 'Star Wars' fan and collector ever since I can remember," the the Ontario-based photographer and visual arts teacher told msnbc.com. "Watching the original trilogy in the back room of my aunt's house is something I will not soon forget."

Dave Eger

An iconic photograph of Muhammad Ali standing over Sonny Liston is recreated with Clone Troopers in 365 Days of Clones.

And fans of Eger's work aren't likely to soon forget his two recent projects: 365 Days of Clones (which covered all of 2011) and his latest, 52 weeks of "Star Wars." For both, Eger has taken "Star Wars"-related action figures and posed them in, let's say, non-traditional settings, and snapped some hilarious, thought-provoking photographs, posting them all on the Web.

Dave Eger

A parody of the "Forrest Gump" movie poster.

"Some of the 365 Days of Clonesphotos show Clone Troopers fooling around, while others simply relate to what 'day' it was. The ones that interested me the most, however, were the ones related to historical events and photos," Eger said. For example: "Troopers Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima" echoes the famous Joe Rosenthal photograph. Other images have put "Star Wars" characters into movie posters ("Back to the Cantina II" instead of "Back to the Future II") and album covers ("A New Hope" echoing the Beatles' "Let it Be"), or set up clones in classic poses -- say, as Marilyn Monroe getting her skirt blown up in "The Seven Year Itch."

Each photo's setup and lighting can take anywhere from an hour to most of a working day to create, said Eger. But he's not making any money out of it -- they're all personal art projects -- except for what he can earn from selling his photos on sites like Redbubble and Society6

"I am floored that people have enjoyed my creations as much as I have, and in some cases even more," he said. "It is always great to hear when someone enjoys what you have done and I truly enjoy all the communication I have had from various people around the world."

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