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Tattoo Barbie raises concerns

Tattoo Barbie raises concerns
NYP98020902-9 FEBRUARY 1998-NEW YORK, NEW YORK,USA: The new 1998 lean and flat chested Barbie is unveiled under the title of "Teen World Barbie" at the American International Toy Fair, February 9th. UPI ep/Ezio Petersen | License Photo

SACRAMENTO, March 5 (UPI) -- Some parents have objected to Mattel's "Totally Stylin' Tattoos" Barbie doll, a new toy that has already sold out in several Sacramento, Calif., area stores.

The Barbie comes with a set of tattoo stickers that can be placed anywhere on her body and a tattoo gun that allows children to stamp temporary tattoos on the doll's clothes and on themselves, KVOR-TV, Sacramento, reported Thursday.

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"I think it's attracting kids too young that want to expose parts of body to show off tattoos," Sacramento-area parent Jen Alcayaga said.

Some parents said they find the doll relatively harmless.

"Maybe it's a sign of the times. Each generation is different. Elvis was evil at one time," Brandon Thompson said.

Mattel said there are no plans to discontinue production of the toy.

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