By Joe McFarlane
An avid Star Wars fan born without his right hand brought his fandom to life by having a unique lightsaber attachment made for his arm, even getting approval from Luke Skywalker himself.
Trace Wilson was born without his right hand, and for the last two years has been getting to grips with living with a bionic arm.
Now 25, Trace has decided that a bionic arm just doesn’t cut it anymore, as the avid Star Wars fan has crafted a working lightsaber from his apartment in Richmond, Virginia, which can attach to his prosthetic forearm.
Displaying his Sith-red Saber on June 28, Trace was thrilled with the outcome of his bionic attachment from a galaxy far, far away.
He wasn’t the only one, with his new addition gaining interest from Mark Hammil, who Tweeted Trace to say it was ‘fantastic’ before suggesting he should also use his new powers to help the Jedis.
Trace said: “I attend a lot of comic conventions and other events, and I often create costumes and cosplay for amputee/bionic characters with my other bionic friends.
“I wanted to come up with a creative concept that hadn’t been done before that incorporated my bionic arm.
“The lightsaber parts are made by Saberforge and the adapter that allows me to connect the lightsaber to my forearm was designed by me.
“I created the design, 3D printed a prototype, and then Saberforge machined a final version out of metal for me.”
Trace has written a series of Children’s Books in order to help kids with disabilities, and he hopes his handiwork will aid in inspiring many more people.
Trace said: “When I wore the lightsaber, I felt accomplished and excited to share it with fellow cosplay enthusiasts, the amputee community, and of course Star Wars fans.
“I’ve had an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the video, including a response from Star Wars actor Mark Hamill on Twitter.
“I want people to feel inspired, and to see how easily a disability or “weakness” can be turned into a strength.”