This is Obelix, from Asterix et Obelix, a French comic book that I used to read as a kid (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asterix). Alain Levy, an instructor at the CIA as well as a good friend of mine, was looking to unload a few molds from his past days as a chocolatier. At first I told him I wasn't interested, but then he told me what he had, and this was one of the molds. I had to have it! He was kind enough to give it to me as a gift. It is about 10 inches tall x 6 inches wide. Now, there is no special technique here, there is nothing new that is going to change the way we think about pastry. This is simply a chocolate figurine that I really liked.
I have to say that, even though not a single person in my shop knew who he was, it seemed to cheer people up. How could you possibly be in a bad mood with a guy like Obelix around?