Not long ago (today) in a galaxy really, really close (ours), Luke Skywalker celebrated another hero. Mark Hamill took to Twitter to congratulate a boy on his new bionic hand — one inspired by neo-Star Wars character BB-8.
The Empire Strikes Back
Eleven-year-old Cameron Miller of Edinburgh is a self-described Star Wars nut who happened to be born without a right hand. But rather than let that get him down, it reminds the boy of his intergalactic hero who famously lost his right hand to Darth Vader’s lightsaber in The Empire Strikes Back. After a crowdfunding push, Cameron’s family was able to get him a “Hero Arm,” a tricked-out artificial limb from Open Bionics that invokes the droid featured in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
Open Bionics, which touts its business as “turning disabilities into superpowers,” worked with Disney to develop Hero Arm covers from the Star Wars, Iron Man and Frozen universes. We dare you to watch Cameron’s video below, complete with a priceless double-thumbs-up, and not smile as broadly as he does.
Here’s what Hamill tweeted to the boy:
Congratulations to you for @openbionics getting you that really, really cool bionic Hero Arm, Cameron. They say you are a big #StarWars fan and I just wanted you to know that I am a BIG fan of yours & watching this video made me super, super happy! Your pal, Mar https://t.co/QuoBA8QSKa
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) March 22, 2019
And here’s a video Hamill recorded in November telling kids and parents about Open Bionics: