Thousands of years before the concept of "fun" was even invented, the 20-sided die – often referred to as a D20, but more officially known as an “icosahedron” – was used in civilizations in ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt for purposes not totally clear to historians. Maybe it was used in games? Perhaps as a tool for oracles and in divination? They could have been symbols of status or simple curiosities? Maybe they were just fancy papyrus weights?


The d20 has been around for literally thousands of years, and was likely used for differing purposes. These examples, above, are courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art and represents examples of cultures from ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt.

Hard to know, and honestly I have no clue. After all I'm just a simple vault rat, not a geometry historian (which according to Google is a real thing).


My great-great uncle Bubonic Nick used to tell me stories of first encountering 20-sided die in the 1980's while living in a small-town Indiana hobby shop. Scurrying across the trays of glittering, crystalline polyhedral dice was a pure joy. The colors and shapes were exciting and cool, though decidedly not very tasty. Around that time a lot of people were getting into roleplaying games and a set of dice were essential tools for any gamer, and so it seemed there was a never-ending stream of new D20's to checkout.


Uncle told me that in the early days of RPGs, dice often did not come from the store in a way that you could easily see the numbers on the sides. Part of the craft of playing RPGs was carefully filling in the numbers with crayons so they could be seen easily when they were rolled on game night. This process was part of the fun and allowed for an element of creativity - plus, who doesn't love the taste - err, smell of a nice crayon?


Mostly gone are the days of just basic, clear gemstone style dice. All kinds of colorful, wild styles are available for gamers to pick from as a way to express themselves through their hobby, and these days the number generally get filled in by the factories. Crayons are still tasty though!



Toy Vault has taken the beloved D20 to new places with its own version of “fuzzy dice danglers,” an absolute necessity to prove your cool gamer credentials while you're cruising down the highway. The bright red d20 danglers have been one of our most popular and beloved plush items for years! But then, just as the d20 has evolved over the years, so has this product...


Now, you didn't hear this from me, but as your rat-on-the-inside, I can confirm that Toy Vault is about to release a NEW version of the plush D20 danglers that are bigger and bluer than before! Stay tuned for more details on that. But okay, time for my 2nd mid-mid-afternoon snack!


Skrudz out!







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Forget that elf that's up on that shelf - let’s talk about the 'wock that hangs out on your block!


Throughout it's history, Toy Vault has made a name for itself taking some of the greatest monsters from myth, fiction, and OH NO RIGHT BEHIND YOU!!!! - ha, kidding! (or am I?) - and rendering them in cuddly, creepy plush, and one of their most classic and beloved monsters to be given the plush treatment has been the Jabberwock from the world of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.


Designed based off the original illustration by John Tenniel for the second book in the 'Alice' series, Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There, Toy Vault's Jabberwock plush features gangling, green neck and arms, complete with jaws that bite, claws that catch, and eyes of flame - just like in the book! Even if you're not super up-to-date with lesser-known sequels to classic Victorian-era children's literature, you may be familiar with this classic monster from its appearances in many films, television shows, comics, and other media throughout the years.


Toy Vault's Jabberwock plush features bendable appendages, stands 20" tall and boasts an impressive 23" wingspan (comparable to that of a sharp-shinned hawk for all your bird lovers out there), and is a great gift for the monster-loving or book-reading weirdo in your life, or for freaking out your cat. And wouldn't you know it - it looks like a big gift-giving holiday is coming up! Amazing timing on my part - a total coincidence, I swear!


For more information on Toy Vault’s Jabberwock plush, click here: https://www.toyvault.com/product-page/jabberwock


'Til next time!

-- Skrudz the Vault Rat

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Updated: Oct 25, 2021


In early 2021, Toy Vault debuted two 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle products featuring licensed art from the popular fantasy RPG, Pathfinder (www.paizo.com/pathfinder). The initial two designs both featured the work of legendary fantasy artist Wayne Reynolds, who has produced breathtaking scenes of adventure and intrigue for Pathfinder since its inception nearly 20 years ago.


The Core Rulebook design (seen here - www.toyvault.com/product-page/pathfinder-puzzles-core-rule-book) features iconic characters from the RPG, including Harsk the dwarven ranger, Merisiel the elven rogue and Kyra the human cleric, all doing battle with a massive, fire-breathing dragon.



Meanwhile, Bestiary (seen here - www.toyvault.com/product-page/pathfinder-puzzles-bestiary) features some more of the fantasy world’s monstrous inhabitants, including three mischievous kobolds, an enraged ogre and a giant, menacing hydra.


When asked about his history with producing fantasy art like the imagery featured in these two puzzles, Reynolds said, “I have been working in the RPG industry for almost 30 years, with my first piece of art being featured in 1993.”


“I was working with Paizo when they took over Dragon and Dungeon Magazines,” Reynolds explained. “I was doing some cover art for them, so when they started Pathfinder I was one of the first people they approached about providing art for the game.”


“It is exciting to be able to work on something from the ground level. My experience with Pathfinder has been massively enjoyable. I just love everything about that sort of world.”

When asked about what pieces of art are his personal favorites to create, Reynolds said, “Mainly the iconic characters, as my specialty is in character design. I love being able to tie history to fantasy, and I always do a lot of historical research before beginning work on that type of a project.”



Speaking specifically about his art being used to create jigsaw puzzle products, as well as how he thinks he’d fare putting them together himself, Reynolds said, “I like doing jigsaw puzzles. They are relaxing, and I think they also make for a good exercise as an artist. I am probably the wrong person to do a puzzle featuring my own artwork, though, because I already know the image so well.”


“I imagine it would be sort of like a musician dancing to their own music,” Reynolds added.

Fans of Pathfinder, fans of Wayne Reynolds, and fans of fantasy art in general have made these jigsaw puzzle items two of Toy Vault’s most popular new offerings this year, and it is with great excitement that we announce two more brand new puzzles featuring Pathfinder imagery – Gamemastery Guide and Gods & Magic.


Gamemastery Guide once again showcases a wonderful piece of Reynolds art, this time depicting Alaznist, one of the game’s villains, ascending a staircase while holding onto an impressive-looking spear-type weapon in one hand. Towering above her is a large black dragon with giant horns, red eyes and wings extended.


Gods & Magic features work by the talented Russian artist Ekaterina Burmak. The scene depicts the Starstone near the top, with three characters below. These three characters at Cayden Cailean, Iomedae and Norgorber, all of whom ascended to godhood after touching the Starstone, according to official Pathfinder lore.


These two all-new Pathfinder puzzles are available now, just in time for the 2021 holiday season.


For more information, please visit www.toyvault.com and www.paizo.com.


For more information on Wayne Reynolds art, please visit www.waynereynolds.com.

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