At some point during the beginning of the episode Dragon Flower, Ruffnut and Tuffnut purchased this statue from Johann by trading their great-grandfather's skull for it, although they were allowed to keep his clavicle. Later in the day, the twins placed the statue into the center of the Academy, with Hiccup being impressed that they had finally taken pride in the building. However, Hiccup soon realized the true reason why the twins bought the statue after Ruffnut had Barf and Belch fire at the statue. Snotlout, loving the idea, climbed on Hookfang and also fired at the statue, with Astrid and Stormfly soon following suit. Toothless attempted to fire at the statue as well, but he completely missed the shot due to the sneezing he was suffering from after unknowingly being poisoned by the blue oleanders recently planted on Berk.
Although the statue was originally intended to be a decoration, the twins repurposed it after they purchased it. After setting it up in the Academy, the twins and the other riders, sans Hiccup and Fishlegs, used the statue for target practice, having each of their dragons fire their ranged attacks (fire, spine shots, etc.) at it in an attempt to hit it and blow it back.
the statue bares a strong resemblance to the statues in Berk's waters, and also the board pieces in the game "Maces and Talons."