During my art school days, I would use a wooden or plastic figure. The mannequin was flexible for staging poses but had limits. I recently purchased a Bandai Body Chan life-like plastic figure and able to stage my Body Chan in a variety of dynamic poses for sketching. This is possible because of the number of
connection joints throughout the figure.
The Bandai mannequin comes with a variety of accessories and interchangeable parts for exciting poses if there is no live model available.
Prices vary from $7.00 to 11.00 for your basic wooden or plastic human figure. The Bandai Body Chan figures cost more. The prices range from $30. To $70. You are paying more, but the models are more dynamic
when posed and have various accessories for striking poses.