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    Toys get tarted up

    These sure don’t look like the dolls we grew up with. In recent years, many beloved classics have been revamped into little hotties — and new lines, such as Monster High Dolls, came out the gate tramping it up.

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    Disney Fairies -

    Who knew fairies could be so hot? Tinker Bell has gained a new crew of fairy friends and a saucier look with her update.

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    This line of hot-to-trot horses features a whole host of fashion accessories, including high-heeled shoes to slip on their hooves as well as purses. What does a horse put in a purse, exactly, we wonder? Manufacturer Playmates Toys says these equestrians "combine a girl's natural fondness of horses and her love for fashion dolls."

    Playmates Toys / Playmates Toys
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    Monster High Dolls -

    The insanely popular line of Monster High Dolls features the teen children of, um, monsters. One monster teen, Clawdeen, is part werewolf and her online back story is that she regularly waxes away her excess hair. (We're hoping kids don't try that on the actual doll.)

    Mattel / Mattel
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    Trollz -

    The original trolls dolls, left, debuted in the 1960s with chubby bodies, unruly hair and pug noses. More recently they've been updated -- while they still have only four fingers on each hand, the new Trollz line created for the animated TV series by DiC Entertainment features short skirts, bare midriffs, giant eyes and even styled hair.

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    Rainbow Brite -

    The Rainbow Brite girls went from chubby toddlers to svelte and short-skirted tweens with a 2009 remake.

    Hallmark / Hallmark
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    Lollipop Girls -

    The Lollipop Girls, made by Jan McLean Designs in New Zealand, come with their own back stories. All of them are models and Bridget, third from the left, "loves flowers, poetry and chocolate." The beauty regimen of Cassie, second from right, is "a careful diet, litres of mineral water, a rigorous daily workout with her personal trainer and plenty of sleep." Other loves seem include thigh-high stockings and barely-there skirts.

    janmcleandolls.com / janmcleandolls.com
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    Candy Land -

    Even this classic board game got a new look -- and a hotter fairy -- with its remake.

    Hasbro / Hasbro
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    Holly Hobbie -

    Holly Hobbie traded her prairie dress for the modern look of a tween in her remake.

    American Greetings; AGKidZone / American Greetings; AGKidZone
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    Dora the Explorer -

    Dora is growing up! We just hope that her new look, which replaces her sensible shoes and practical T-shirt, won't get in the way of her exploring.

    Nick Jr. / Nick Jr.
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    Strawberry Shortcake -

    Et tu, Strawberry Shortcake? Her more modern look switches her wardobe and hair from red to pink, but at least she's still wearing a strawberry on her head.

    American Greetings; AGKidZone / American Greetings; AGKidZone
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    Bratz -

    Bratz dolls, which debuted in 2001 for girls ages 6 and older, were the controversial predecessors to the Monster High Dolls. The American Psychological Association called them out in 2007 in a report on the sexualization of girls.

    MGA Entertainment / MGA Entertainment
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    Barbie -

    Oh, Barbie, the doll who started it all. For decades, Barbie has been raising the ire of women who worry about the message that Barbie, with her impossibly voluptuous dimensions, sends to the little girls who play with her. Earlier this year, Ms. magazine published a series of videos featuring women, including actress Camryn Manheim, sharing the pressure they felt to look like Barbie.

    Mattel / Mattel