David Bowie and his breakthrough single, "Space Oddity", turned 50 yesterday (July 11.) With the inaugural moon landing's 50th anniversary just days away on July 20, Parlophone has unveiled a new site to celebrate both historic events.
Dressed like the iconic David Bowie, himself, the Barbie wears Bowie's metallic space suit, complete with stripes and flared shoulders. 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.More news: Quake rattles greater Seattle area; no link to California
As for the pun in the headline - David Bowie, Barbie, Bowbie. The $50 doll sold out in minutes Thursday - but it's already available on back order. It's a definitive celebration of two pop culture icons, as Barbie® honors the pioneer of sound and vision, English singer, songwriter, and actor, whose dramatic musical transformations continue to influence and inspire. "This collectible [is an homage] to the cultural legacy of the musical genius who redefined rock and roll". "Colours and decoration may vary", Mattel was quoted as saying, according to a report in The Guardian.
Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning. Subject to availability. Colors and decorations may vary.More news: OH confirms first case of measles this year
Mattel is not letting the fact that the Ziggy era postdates "Space Oddity" by several years interfere with anniversary plans, since a Major Tom doll would have been far less recognizable, not to mention playing with the androgyny issues even more.More news: Remembering the Apollo 11 moon landings 50 years on