To my own biggest surprise I finished skinning and rigging our character. All is set and working, so far to my knowledge, without any glitches. I might still edit skin weighting..
Next step - blend shapes for his facial animation.
I think it would be very useful if you all suggest what kind of expressions he'd need..
But as I ran through the storyboards, it seems we see his face and reactions only two brief times ( when he turns back to the sound of alarm, and when he looks at the toy before throwing it out)