I won this item tonight on e-bay. I am INSANELY excited. I have been looking for one ever since Jacob was a baby (five years). Turns out they are not hard to come by. You just have to know what they are actually called. I googled everything without success. Finally, I stumbled upon an image of the item with it's name in big bold letters. SCORE.
You might be scratching your head at what appears to be misplaced excitement over a silly vintage toy. This isn't just a toy. It's THE toy. The ultimate bath toy. Ok, that may be a slight exaggeration. The thing is, when I was young, my siblings and I had one of these. We played with it during every bath time session. We spent hours enjoying this toy.
Also, there is simply nothing like it at the toy store. They just don't make anything that comes remotely close (that I have been able to find). This bath toy floats. It comes with a plane and a boat that actually float (and won't fill with water and sink to the bottom of the bathtub within five minutes). It has a pull out diving board. It has a secret tunnel. It has a garage. It has a dock. I has a boat storage thingy that lowers the toy boat into the water. It has a white-bearded fisherman!
My six year old imagination had so much fun with this thing. I never wanted to get out of the tub. Just seeing this toy again makes me smile. And now I'm so happy that I get to share it with my kids! They better love it. Or else. (Or I'll just lock the bathroom door and play with it myself when no one is looking!).