Hello, New to the forums and to Customizing/Kitbashing/Restoring. I recently decided to restore my 1984 G1 Optimus Prime. This is an original toy that was purchased for me when I was 10 years old. It has been played with a lot over the years, and luckily my parents packed it away to save it for me. The chrome is worn down pretty bad with most of it exposing the blue plastic under it. Most of the joints are loose. The only good thing this original has going for it is that there are no broken parts on it. Now here's where I'd like some input/opinions: I just bought a Chinese G1 Optimus Prime KO in hopes to swap out the chrome parts. However, some of the parts aren't compatible, meaning they don't make them like they used to. Plus this Chinese KO is a P.O.S. compared to my original. Even though my original is worn and has loose joints it still feels more durable than this KO. The KOs plastic is also thinner and less durable. Chrome plating is applied thinner and already shows some were. Anyways... Some chrome parts that I can't swap out include: smoke stacks(mounts are different diameters), fuel tanks(different mounting style), wheels(of course), upper legs(they're fastened to the cab by the front wheel pins). Chrome parts that I can swap: front grill, smoke stacks(IF I swap the arms out completely), headlamps. I can also swap out the metal front windshield housing. Question: Would you swap the parts from the KO, or have you already done this to your G1 Prime? I don't want to degrade my Prime's value any, but I do want it to look good when displayed. I can swap the complete arms to get the KO's smoke stacks(since the stacks aren't compatible with mine). However, the color of the arms don't quite match the color of my original's plastic. Would you be concerned with the color mismatch? Finally, my main question: in your opinion would you restore your G1 to make it look better, or just leave it in it's original worn state? Looks vs. Originality. Any input or opinions are GREATLY appreciated since I'm new to restoration. I value your opinions. Thank you in advance for looking at this thread.