When I was looking for some lego figures, I came across one of my Lego Technic men.
And I thought: these would be great for posing tricky illustrations. They have a wide range of movement - even the ankles have ball & socket joints (though, oddly and annoyingly, there is no articulation of any kind at the waist). Also, they are similar sort of proportions to my cartoon figures.
The trouble was, I could only find one. So I looked online, and discovered Brick Owl - a Lego marketplace which sells second hand lego pieces.
So now I have 7 models ready to help me!
It means, for example, that I can try out a scene from different angles: