Mattel releases David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust, Barbie

Mattel releases David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust, Barbie

Bowie, who embraced gender-bending and sexual fluidity, debuted his Ziggy Stardust persona in 1972 on the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.

Barbie received a new addition to its line-up on Friday, with the USA toymaker Mattel presenting a doll dedicated to the androgynous alien messenger Ziggy Stardust, a character created by late musician David Bowie.

The doll wears a striped, metallic "spacesuit" with trademark red platform boots.

The release was announced yesterday, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of one of Bowie's most famous songs, "Space Oddity", which actually pre-dated the character of Ziggy. On top of that outfit, the figurine also features star-shaped earrings, the iconic red hairdo and forehead sphere.

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The limited-edition doll comes in a box collaged with images from Bowie's early career, a doll stand and a certificate of authenticity.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of David Bowie's classic single "Space Oddity" a rare, cosmic experience is being unlocked. Past year the company released dolls with wheelchairs and prosthetic limbs.

Lady Stardust's androgynous appearance marks another iteration of the doll, replicating in a small way the reinvention that Bowie employed during his monumental career.

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