Barbie: Valley Of The Doll

Barbie may be the reigning queen of toyland, but this wasn't her best year. In 1996, the Holiday Barbie had sold out by Dec. 10. But in late January this year, the dolls are still weighing down shelves--despite price cuts. And Mattel saw its $99 Talk With Me Barbie, whose embedded microchip lets her talk about a range of topics, not even make the top-sellers list.

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