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A daily look back at the toys, games, and objects that captured our attention as children and continue to fascinate us today.

Soapsters from Kenner (1976)

“Clean up with Soapsters!”

In 1976, Kenner released Soapsters, a line of bathtub toys designed for kids ages 2 and up. Designed by Marvin Glass & Associates, each Soapster held a standard 3 ½-oz sized bar of soap inside. Suds were generated automatically thanks to moving soft foam rubber wheels.

Soapsters came in two options: Suds Buggy, a modified Volkswagen, and Soapy Turtle, a smiling tortoise with a green shell and red wheels.

In 1977, Kenner ran a Bathtub Safety Appliques Promotion on Soapsters packaging. For only $0.50 and a proof of purchase, kids could receive a set of green Soapy Turtle bathtub appliques or a set of yellow Suds Buggy bathtub appliques. Each set consisted of 12 pieces.

Remember the toys and games of years past through vintage advertising – for better and for worse!