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Barbie doll launched to honour singer David Bowie's hit single

13 July 2019

The toy company unveiled its Barbie David Bowie Doll in which the signature plastic starlet transforms into the music legend's iconic Ziggy Stardust stage persona.

The doll received a warm reaction online, with fans praising the fluid approach to gender shown by making the Bowie Barbie instead of a Bowie Ken.

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Mattel have announced they're to release a limited edition Barbie in the guise of David Bowie's alter ego Ziggy Stardust. Mattel said on Twitter. In true Bowie fashion, Barbie also flaunts the musician's red, mullet-like hairdo, statement dusty eyeshadow, and, of course, the striking golden astral sphere symbol on her forehead.

The $50 doll is being marketed for the "adult collector", according to the product page, forestalling complaints from parents "not sure if (it's) a boy or a girl" their children are playing with.

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The same report states that this week Mattel also announced a one-off Barbie doll which will honour and thus celebrate Samantha Cristoforetti, the Italian astronaut. Cristoforetti held the record for longest International Space Station mission by a woman back in 2014, reaching 199 days.

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.

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Barbie doll launched to honour singer David Bowie's hit single