David Aguilar was born without a right forearm and thus decided to make himself a prosthetic alternative.

Using one of his favourite toys, LEGO, he built his first prosthetic arm; a fairly rudimentary attempt but functional, nonetheless.

As he got older he made new models, still out of LEGO, each one more effective that the last and now, at the age of 19, he’s made his magnum opus.

Aguilar is currently studying bioengineering at Universitat Internacional de Catalunya in Spain, originally hailing from Andorra.

Speaking to Reuters, the man who calls himself Hand Solo said:

As a child I was very nervous to be in front of other guys, because I was different, but that didn’t stop me believing in my dreams.

I wanted to see myself in the mirror like I see other guys, with two hands.

While Aguilar makes these prosthetics, he doesn’t wear them all the time, and can look after himself completely with just the one arm.

His dream is to create affordable prosthetics for people all over the world once he graduates from university.

He continued, saying:

I would try to give them a prosthetic, even if it’s for free, to make them feel like a normal person, because what is normal, right?

It’s a phenomenal story and even more remarkable when you consider that he built these prosthetics with one hand. I couldn’t make a non-functioning arm made out of LEGO, let alone one that bends at the elbow, has flexible grabbers and is powered by an electric motor.

Images via Reuters