cinema 4d is great for modelling. in fact, it's about 10x faster than maya or max because of its simple user interface. though you cannot achieve the complexity of 3dsmax or maya for some types of models (i.e. complex working robot models), i can see it coming in the future. there's a demo for release 9.52 out on the maxon site that includes the unreleased hair module.
c4d works real well for making characters (if that's what you mean by figures). there are some really cool ones out there, but unfortunately, c4d was not made for realistic character creation. it was used in monsters inc. i believe, one iof the few movies with c4d characters.
anyway i suggest downloading release 9.5 demo and trying everything out it's loads of fun!