ow man blender is not by any means for beginners. Id say Poser and DazStudio. Can't compare with Blender, but they are dead simple and let you animate (somehow). And at least Daz is free -- not sure about Poser. Also, there's TONS AND TONS of free 3D content for them (check sharecg and renderosity -- just for starters!). If you rather want to sculpt your own stuff I'd hit Sculptris (the lite, free version of ZBrush).