LOOK: Mattel unveils David Bowie Barbie doll

Agence France-Presse
LOOK: Mattel unveils David Bowie Barbie doll
The limited edition Bowie Barbie doll symbolizes the artist's alien messenger alter-ego, Ziggy Stardust

LOS ANGELES, USA – A limited edition David Bowie Barbie was unveiled Thursday, July 11 by toymaker Mattel to honor the 50th anniversary of the release of the iconic singer’s hit single “Space Oddity.”

The doll, sporting a striped metallic jumpsuit with matching platform red boots and cosmic accessories, symbolizes Bowie’s bisexual alien messenger alter-ego Ziggy Stardust.

Photo from Handout/Mattel/AFP

“In a definitive celebration of two pop culture icons, Barbie honors the ultimate pop chameleon, English singer, songwriter and actor, David Bowie, whose dramatic musical transformations continue to influence and inspire,” Mattel said in introducing the $50 doll.

It added that the collectible was a tribute to “the cultural legacy of the musical genius who redefined rock and roll.”

The singer, who died in 2016, had said that his classic 1969 single “Space Oddity” was inspired by filmmaker Stanley Kubrick’s epic film 2001, which was released a year earlier.

Mattel this week also launched a doll of astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, the European Space Agency’s only active female astronaut, as part of a project to inspire more girls to explore careers in science and technology. – Rappler.com

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