David Bowie has been immortalized in a new limited edition of Barbie.
Designed to capture Bowie's iconic alter-ego Ziggy Stardust, the doll features Barbie's red and blue singer outfit and oversized boots. Additional details include makeup – with Ziggy's astral sphere forehead icon – and a bright red hairstyle similar to that made famous by the singer.
Describing this release as "a definitive celebration of two icons of pop culture," toy maker Mattel called the late-music legend "chameleon of ultimate pop," praising its "unique presence in contemporary culture."
The doll's packaging will include a specially crafted collage, featuring images of Bowie's early career. The limited edition collection will be sold for $ 50.
The announcement of Bowie Barbie coincides with the 50th anniversary of the rocker's revolutionary single, "Space Oddity." Published in 1969, a few days before Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, the track climbed to fifth place in the British charts. Although it originally failed in the United States, a 1973 reissue climbed to 15th place in the Billboard Hot 100.
Keen Bowie fans will note that the timelines of "Space Oddity" and Ziggy Stardust's character do not match technically. Stardust did not appear before the singer's fifth album, The rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust and Mars spiders. The disc was released in 1971, two years after Bowie's celestial breakthrough. The singer played Ziggy for two years before quickly leaving the character on July 3, 1973.
Bowie's Estate recently announced the launch of a special edition box set to mark the 50th anniversary of Space Oddity.