Okay, I need an opinion here. I have a sort of moral dilemma, in regards to restoring an old figure. I warn you, this may sound exceptionally silly. So...G1 soundwave was my first transformer.... I still have his guns and missiles, though almost all of my cassette tape bots have been lost or stolen over the years. I used to carry him everywhere with me as a kid, and one day another kid at daycare broke his cassette door; just ripped it right off. My dad was never quite able to fix it, and I was inconsolable. He has remained broken to this day. A few months ago I had the idea to buy a Soundwave in poor shape with a working door, and swap out the door mechanism on mine, making him whole again. And so I bought a cheap Soundwave junker someone was selling, and that was that. The donor Soundwave sat on my shelf for the last few months while I waited to get my original from storage. Last week I was able to fetch mine from storage, but when I started looking at him ....even compared to the donor soundwave, mine is in WRETCHED, WRETCHED shape. I mean.... it's REALLY bad. His stickers are all but gone, his chrome is worn, chipped, and in one case looks like it might have been melted somehow. There's a place where the edge of his leg chipped off, and ...well, the list goes on. Naturally, I started entertaining the idea of using parts from the donor G1 soundwave, which was in slightly better condition than my own, to restore him somewhat...but it would require many of the parts to be swapped out, leaving almost nothing of the original figure. This got me to thinking; wouldn't that destroy the soul of the toy? After replacing so many parts, it would no longer be the toy I had as a kid, with every scratch, dent, and chip on the toy being a sign of how much I loved it. It would be a frankensteined mishmash of parts from someone else's toy, made to look and function better than before, but missing the integrity of the figure I owned when I was 6 years old. And I don't know why, but for whatever sentimental reason that bothers me. I'm almost settled on leaving him the way he is at this point; maybe putting him away in a box and displaying the slightly nicer one instead...but I don't know. Perhaps I could exercise restraint and ONLY repair the cassette door? In any case, it's just difficult to bring myself to actually go through with harming this figure. Have you, as a customizer, ever encountered this feeling before? What did you do about it, and about the figure itself?