My initial plan was to PhotoScan the Dalai Lama and create a virtual avatar. I even found a Dalai Lama Face puzzle to use for scanning. However, I found that it allows only scan small objects. So I decided to use Sonic the Hedgehog instead, as he is my favorite character and there is a plethora of sonic figurines on K-mart.
As Matt recommended, I glued a stick to the figurine in order to support the figurine better. I made sure I had LED lighting and a camera ready as well.
However, the whole process took much longer than I anticipated.