|Ben Birdland (Big Band)|
Big Band, also known as Ben Birdland, is an upcoming DLC character for Skullgirls.
Ben Birdland has seen a lot in his time, including the worst of the Grand War. But nothing was worse than what he saw as a beat cop in New Meridian. When he ran afoul of his crooked unit he was given a violent early retirement, and his broken body was left to spend the rest of its days in an iron lung.
That would have been the end of Ben’s story if it hadn't drawn the ears of the Anti-Skullgirl Labs. With little left to lose, he agreed to be rebuilt with their experimental procedures. Melded with the machinery that allows him to breathe and a powerful array of pneumatic weaponry, he was reborn as “Big Band.”
Now a senior member of Lab 8, he’s become a father figure of sort to the younger ASG soldiers. A firm believer in their cause, he has stayed with the project through its controversies and still sees his place on the front lines against the Skullgirl. His technology may be dated, but he more than makes up for it with experience and fortissimo.
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- Big Band started development when the fundraising reached $375,000. The fundraising managed to raise over $400,000, so he will have his own stage and StoryMode.
- Big Band is the first male playable character in Skullgirls.
- The contraption behind Big Band's body bares resemblance of a Saxophone.
- The character's last name is a reference to "Birdland" a famous jazz club in New York City, named after saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker.
- Big Band's name in the Japanese version of the game will be "Sax-Deka" (Detective Sax), the same as the nickname Japanese gamers gave him before his name was officially announced.
- In the background of Anti-Skullgirl Lab 8 Stage, Big Band can be seen watching the players fight.
- Big Band is voiced by Rich Brown.
- One of his blockbusters is a direct reference to Boss Krizalid's "Desperate Overdrive" super from King Of Fighters