This month Mattel is taking a break from their iconic blonde dolls to unveil a design in honor of a glam rock legend.
For the 50th anniversary of single “Space Oddity,” Mattel is making a Barbie dressed as Bowie dressed as Ziggy Stardust. “Space Oddity,” which was released on July 11th, 1969, is one of Bowie’s most influential tracks. It was his first to chart in the UK. The song has also been featured in TV shows like Mad Men and Friends, the BBC coverage of the Apollo 11 landing, and in movies like Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. The Stanley Kubrik 2001: A Space Odyssey inspired song has become a cultural touchstone.
Mattel released the doll with the following statement;
“Introducing Barbie® as David Bowie. 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. With a career spanning over five decades, David Bowie was at the vanguard of contemporary culture as a musician, artist, and icon. He was, and remains to be, a unique presence in contemporary culture. Dressed as Bowie’s fantastic sci-fi alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, in the iconic metallic ‘space suit,’ this collectible Barbie® doll honors the cultural legacy of the musical genius who redefined rock and roll.”
The David Bowie Barbie is available for purchase on Mattel’s website for $50, where you can also see a gallery of photos detailing the doll’s red platform boots, shimmering two-piece suit, and glittery third eye. This David Bowie doll is just one of the brand’s many pop culture-inspired figurines. Other iconic artists such as Beyoncé, Cher, Debbie Harry, and Elvis Presley have also received their own dolls.
(h/t Brooklyn Vegan)
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