The doll is coming to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Space Oddity.
A Barbie doll based off of the late David Bowie has been released by Mattel. The doll, which takes on an androgynous appearance, has gone on sale for around £40.
The Bowie doll has been based off of the bisexual singer’s character, Ziggy Stardust, and will sport red hair, a metallic spacesuit and cherry-red platform boots.
In a statement, Mattel said: “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.
“The doll will arrive (not from Mars, just from our warehouse!) in specially-designed packaging, displaying a collage of images from Bowie’s early career. It’s another respectful aspect of this tribute to a musical genius who redefined rock and roll.”
It adds: “Bowie was, and continues to be, a unique presence in contemporary culture.”
However, as it will be a Gold Label doll, it will only have a limited availability.
The announcement went down positively with fans of the artist:
— Christina (@UteFanChristina) July 12, 2019
— Steven Ⓜ️ (@BeardedSteven) July 12, 2019
Me: I need to de clutter my life and save money
Also me: OH MY GOD THEY RELEASED A $50 DAVID BOWIE BARBIE!!!!! pic.twitter.com/SJuWWP8vKX
— 💪Hayley Haymaker🤳 (@TokenfemaleVGC) July 12, 2019
To the po-faced cultural commentators who think a Ziggy Barbie is heinous crime – the Bowie Archive approved it, and he surely would have loved the cheesy cultural mash-up. Remember the Laughing Gnome? And I have just ordered one https://t.co/WITbUANrdG
— Susan Dalgety (@DalgetySusan) July 11, 2019
HI BARBIE IS RELEASING A DAVID BOWIE DOLL AND IM SCREAMING pic.twitter.com/4XrAX9Jji0
— tay (@70sweeb) July 11, 2019
And one person saw a possible bright future:
@ barbie, now that we have a david bowie doll give us the icon's freddie mercury and elton john please and thank you
— sydney ☮︎ (@7Osyd) July 12, 2019
The doll was released to celebrate Bowie’s iconic 1969 song, Space Oddity.