In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of David Bowie's iconic "Space Oddity," Barbie
overseers at Mattel released a collectible version of the doll dressed as Ziggy Stardust, one of his most beloved alter egos.
Almalbis with her 1989 Fender Strat and a Persian cat named Vernie, which was the inspiration behind one of her latest tracks called Tigre.
was the brainchild of Ruth Handler, a second-generation Jewish immigrant who, along with her husband, set up a toy manufacturing business in their garage.
has been through a number of transformations-from different body types and skin tones to roughly 50 nationalities and over 200 careers
The first Barbie
was made in Japan and came in both brunette and blonde versions with a price tag of $3.
The life of the icon has certainly been eventful and Barbie
and Ken have even made it onto the big screen in the Toy Story movies.
was the celebrity 1967 Oscar winner Cate Blanchett once pointed out: "You know you've made it when you've been moulded in miniature, but you know what children do with Barbie
dolls - it's a bit scary, actually."
Boyfriend Ken appeared on the scene two years after Barbie
's 40th debut and it is reckoned more than a billion outfits and shoes have been made for them and their friends over the years.
The creation of the Barbie
set in motion an unprecedented revolution in the global toy industry.
first hit the stands at the New York Toy Fair, she received criticism and wary looks from mothers, as they hesitated to buy a doll with unrealistic body measurements for their daughters.
Now, as Barbie
celebrates her BIG 6-0 this week, Aldi will be offering shoppers the chance to pick up the most popular doll toy in history, for less.
And as Barbie
turns 60 this week there's still not a grey hair in sight.