The legendary British singer, song writer and actor David Bowie, who is still considered to be one of the most influential musicians and icons of the 20th century, and who died in 2016, is being commemorated with a limited edition Barbie doll as his most famous alter-ego, Ziggy Stardust.
In a tribute to Bowie’s creativity, toymaker Mattel has honoured the 50th anniversary of the release of the iconic singer's hit single ‘Space Oddity’ with a gift to Bowie’s fans, unveiling the limited edition of the David Bowie Barbie on Thursday, July 11th, AFP reported.
"In a definitive celebration of two pop culture icons, Barbie honours the ultimate pop chameleon, English singer, songwriter and actor, David Bowie, whose dramatic musical transformations continue to influence and inspire," Mattel said, in introducing the $50 doll. Adding that the collectible was a tribute to "the cultural legacy of the musical genius who redefined rock and roll."
Bowie’s classic hit single, ‘Space Oddity, ’ was originally produced in 1969 and later released as a single in 2000 and was inspired by filmmaker Stanley Kubrick's epic sci-fi film, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey, ’ (1968).
The Bowie Ziggy Stardust doll is dressed in a striped metallic jumpsuit and matching platform red boots, and represents Bowie’s creation, an androgynous bisexual rock star who acts as a messenger for extraterrestrial beings. The character was influenced by glam rock, and explored themes of social taboos and sexual exploration.
According to the BBC, Sir Paul McCartney said how Bowie’s music had played a very strong part in modern British musical history, referring to how proud it made him feel to think of the huge influence he has had on people all around the world.
Bowie was thought to have suffered a heart attack in 2004, after which he largely stopped making public appearances. His last live performance was at a New York charity concert in 2006.
Mattel this week also launched a doll of astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, the European Space Agency's only active female astronaut, as part of their project to encourage more girls to take up careers in the fields of science and technology.