Barbie goes glam rock to honour David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust

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

The doll, dressed head to toe like the rockstar's iconic alter ego Ziggy Stardust - metallic jumpsuit, platform boots, facepaint and all - is priced at $50 and is available to purchase via Barbie's official website (though be warned, it's now backordered until July 29). Of course, there will also be thigh-high platform red boots.

In 1971, music legend David Bowie introduced the Ziggy Stardust character.

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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. "Colours and decoration may vary", Mattel was quoted as saying, according to a report in The Guardian. "This collectible [is an homage] to the cultural legacy of the musical genius who redefined rock and roll". Subject to availability. Colors and decorations may vary.

Barbie traded in her traditional blonde locks for Bowie's red mullet haircut and is wearing a metallic jumpsuit fit for a rock star or space explorer.

Mattel this week also launched a doll of astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, the European Space Agency's only active female astronaut, as part of a project to inspire more girls to explore careers in science and technology. Cristoforetti held the record for longest International Space Station mission by a woman back in 2014, reaching 199 days.

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