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AP PHOTOS: Monster High latest Barbie threat

Friday - 7/19/2013, 3:22am  ET

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005 file photo, Ashley Cebollero, of New York, looks around in front of a bank of Barbie Fashion Fever dolls in New York. Debuting in 1959, Mattel’s 11.5-inch blond fashion doll has long held the No. 1 doll title with an estimated $1.3 billion in annual sales. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, fIle)

ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK (AP) -- As far as catfights go, this one 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, blond-haired, long-legged fashion icon. And they don't have the same baggage and old standards of beauty either. They're Mattel's Monster High dolls, vampy teens that are patterned off the offspring of monsters like Dracula and Frankenstein, have neon pink and green streaks in their hair. They're the latest doll craze threatening 54-year-old Barbie's No. 1 throne.

Here's a gallery of images of dolls that have sparked crazes over the years.

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