I was thinking, if I had a doll whose character suddenly had a traumatic accident (like a car crash, hit by a train, thrown off a cliff, etc), I would think it fun to drop him from a high spot (just a few feet up, not enough to shatter him, just enough to dent and chip, maybe break off some fingers and toes, maybe a whole hand) and let the damage he sustains be the injuries his character suffers. I know it might sound somewhat sadistic, but that seems like such a "natural" way to develop a character - let gravity determine what truly happened to him. And we're talking irrepairable damage, so it'd have to be a doll and a character you're very passionate about as they would probably lose a lot of resale value. My question: Has anyone here ever done this? Dropped a doll from a high place, left them in a very hot car to bake and discolor, sprayed them with bleach, etc. - any action that would cause serious, permanent damage done on purpose. And I'm talking damage that could happen from accidents or negligence more than taking an Xacto knife to the doll and adding modifications, I mean damage that is more random and less planned out, though just attacking a doll with an Xacto knife could qualify too. Would you ever even consider doing this? We all know how much it hurts to see a doll hurt by neglect or ignorance (simply not knowing yet what can damage a doll like Sharpie or spray paint) but what if someone truly damaged their doll on purpose? How would it make you feel? Would you want to rescue their doll even though it was done on purpose for developing a character? Please discuss. And as always, delete or move this if it has been addressed similarly. 2010 Edit! This has come back from the dead, I'd forgotten all about this! I still think it's an intriguing idea - to see what damage befalls, then to work with it. Obviously we don't chip or shatter, but each chip or shatter could represent a scar that you'd then have to do some work on to make it look as such rather than it looking like a brittle substance shattering. All said and done, I doubt I'd ever do this. My dolls aren't character driven enough to end up with something as intense as a large injury. If they were, I'd be more likely to hire a professional to do reversible modifications because I'm so mercurial and change my doll-mind an awful lot. Still, it'd be terribly interesting to see if someone's doll took a two story nose dive to see what could become of it. I'm content right now with all my dolls being pristine and intact...after all, I'd be awfully sad to see my Baha covered in stitches and missing an arm.