So you know how they have blank vinyl figures, using whatever template the company produces, which you can then paint/design yourself to do whatever you want? Well you know how those blanks also cost like $12-$20 and come with a black pen, if that, and such?
Okay, here's the cheap alternative to that. They're Color Blanks and I got this set of 2 for $10 at Target. Which how much I'd probably be willing to experiment and dip my toe into this weird little hobby.
The figures themselves are hollow plastic, but still feel reasonably sturdy. If I stepped on them they'd deflate like a baloon, but when I hold them they don't feel like they'll collapse unless I squeeze really hard. The markers they come with are a little lacking, and I might have to get better ones for future projects. There's about a dozen different head designs (geometic shapes, animal head shapes, heads with hair shapes) and two body designs (walking pose & standing still pose)
Also, it looks like there are two types of packaging. There's this one you see here and then there's a version with a plastic handle on the top of the package. If you see both, go for the one with the plastic handle. That one comes with modeling clay to create accessories or sculpt specific features for the figure.
Man, this seems like a lot of fun. I can't wait to get started. And no, I'm not going to do anything filthy.