So, we all obviously love the fact that these dolls are jointed. But as in all matters, opinions differ on the joints themselves. I personally am amazed at photos wherein the doll is arranged to seem startlingly human, but if I see a wrist joint or notice a hole around the neck from a low angle, it doesn't faze me, similar to my impression of seams. The design of joints is fascinating to me, in fact. I would say that everyone chooses to make adjustments to make their doll seem more lifelike - finding eyes that have that glint, for example - but that is usually as far as my preference goes, enough to catch my attention in a photograph or in life. I would choose mobility in joints over aesthetics, as long as they aren't something that sounds good but in practice ends up as a hindrance (which isn't what this thread is about). I personally think a doll with a character meant to be a doll, in a Pinocchio before he's a real boy sort of way, would be very cool, and may do this someday. But what about all of you? 1. Does it bother you, even slightly, if you can't hide a joint in a picture? Will you dress your doll so as to hide certain joints? Or do you enjoy or even show off the joints? 2. If you minimize their appearance, is this because it makes the doll seem more like a real thing to you, or aesthetics, or something else? If it doesn't bother you, is it appreciation of the design, or simple indifference and getting used to it, or something else? 3. Do you prefer the tradeoff of slightly less mobility (non-jointed hands, single versus double joints, mobility thigh joints, etc.) because of aesthetic reasons and desire to avoid a sometimes awkward look, or for realism? If you prefer it for realism, why is it that you don't want the range of mobility that is realistic? Or not at all - you want those joints? 4. Do you attempt to portray your doll as something more than a doll, more alive? To what extent? Remember, this isn't a thread about the right or wrong way! I did see a rather similar topic here but I feel this is a little more of a focused discussion on preferences of realism. My apologies if I've overlooked another topic in the same vein!