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Luke apparantly has four hands. There are the two he was born with, a mechanical one he was fitted with at the end of The Empire Strikes Back...

Luke's bionic hand in The Empire Strikes Back

...AND...

the one we see him fitted with in The Force Awakens, both during Rey's force flashback and at the end. This one looks a lot like the one Anakin was fitted with in Attack of the Clones.

Luke's hand in The Force Awakens

Whatever happened to the third hand? I know it got a bit damaged in Retrun of the Jedi, but it certainly

looked more natural than the fourth one! Why not replace the damaged third with another just like it?

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    mechanical systems need maintenance and repair. They wear out too. – EngrStudent - Reinstate Monica Dec 19 '15 at 0:19
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    I think there’s only one mechanical hand. In “The Empire Strikes Back” he is fitted with a human looking hand. In Return of the Jedi he still has it, but it’s damaged. And who knows what happened in the 30 years since. Maybe at some point he decided to allow the prosthetic skin to decay or even be removed to remind him of who might have been had he made different choices. – JakeGould Dec 19 '15 at 0:20
  • Changed franchise? addamsfamily.wikia.com/wiki/Thing – Sekhemty Dec 26 '17 at 11:17
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It is unknown if that is the same hand from ESB or not.

Speculation:

It could be that the prosthetic skin has become removed in events that we have not yet seen.

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    That's my assumption - we're led to believe that Luke hasn't exactly been going to see a medical droid for regular repairs for quite some time. – recognizer Dec 19 '15 at 21:54
  • Counterpoint to the speculation: In Rey's vision, she sees his robotic arm and R2D2. (This shot is seen in the trailers, too.) If this is a vision of something that actually happened, then whatever happened to his arm would have been before he went into hiding. (Or, as a counter-counterpoint, will happen in the future.) – Plutor Dec 31 '15 at 20:14
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    A vision may be inaccurate with details. – TimSparrow Dec 27 '17 at 17:22

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