American toy manufacturing company Mattel has announced a new Barbie doll which will be modelled on musician David Bowie's iconic sci-fi alter ego Ziggy Stardust - marking the 50th anniversary of Space Oddity, a song that released in July 1969.
The Barbie, designed by Linda Kyaw, is dressed in Ziggy Stardust's metallic red and black space suit, red platform boots, red hair and forehead emblem.
The new Barbie comes in a striped metallic jumpsuit, with a copper mullet and bright red boots, in a pitch ideal homage to Bowie's Ziggy. The rock persona was featured in his 1972 album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, as well as in Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture which was released over a decade later.
The doll, dressed head to toe like the rockstar's iconic alter ego Ziggy Stardust - metallic jumpsuit, platform boots, facepaint and all - is priced at $50 and is available to purchase via Barbie's official website (though be warned, it's now backordered until July 29). Previous year the company released dolls with wheelchairs and prosthetic limbs. A new "Space Oddity" 7-inch boxed set is also available and includes a double-sided poster featuring an original "Space Oddity" ad and a shot of Bowie taken on stage at the "Save Rave '69" concert at the London.
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