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Barbie fights for her life

NEW YORK – As far as catfights go, this is a doozy.

Barbie, long the reigning queen in the doll world, has suddenly been thrust into the battle of her life.

But Barbie's competitors look nothing like the blue-eyed, blonde-haired, long-legged fashion icon. And they don't come with the same old standards of beauty either.

Monster High dolls are vampy teens that are patterned off the offspring of monsters like Dracula and Frankenstein. They wear mini-skirts with skulls on them and go by names like Draculaura.

Although it's still the No. 1 doll, sales of Mattel's Barbie have slipped for four straight quarters, even while the overall doll category is up 6 percent, according to the NPD Group.

Meanwhile, Monster High is the No. 2 doll brand in just three years.

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