With some doodles in mind, I just kinda started doing stuff with some wire and tin foil. I wrapped the tin foil around toilet paper. The TP to form the majority of the bulk of the shapes but keeping him still light as possible. I didn't have proper pliers on hand to cut or bend the wire so I had to rely on my good old hands and my trusty wine-opener to get the job done.
All this was to have something to play with, so I started moving him around in front of a camera why not. Then his foot broke and he fell over so I stopped.
Things I learned from this first test, I need to use wire that's not so strong so I can actually pose him. I also need to use harder clay or figure some way to make hard bits at the joints where I plan on manipulating him so I'm not constantly smushing the clay around and making him fall over/break. It'd also help to not just use my floor and instead have some sort of thing he's on such that he can be anchored from below or something... And if it were a perfect world, I'd have my camera hooked up to my computer so I didn't have to keep bobbling my camera slightly each time I take a frame. Then I could get something like Dragon Stop Motion and test my animation as I go so it's no so much completely animating in the dark.