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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 an 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.
In a nutshell
Although a heavy burden, Big Band's augmented body drastically reduces the damage he takes in combat. The cumbersome bulk and complete lack of arms means he must work relatively hard to catch his smaller opponents, ignore countless hits to the face, and deal heavy damage with his sound based powers at any opportunity. His coat conceals a variety of woodwind, brass, and percussion weaponry. Can he carry all that weight and the low-tier precedent set by Q, Mr. Heart, and Tager? At minimum, his solo play as a jazz musician should be more pleasant than those obnoxious giant robots from TVC.
- March 13, 2013: The Skullgirls crowdfunding campaign collects enough donations to fully fund Big Band as a playable character.
- March 8, 2013: Big Band's voice actor is announced as Rich Brown.
- February 27, 2013: The Skullgirls crowdfunding campaign receives enough support to reveal Big Band's story and the general themes he would have as a complete playable character.
- February 21, 2013: Big Band is announced as the first official male character in Skullgirls, selected by sheer popularity. This bumped Umbrella out of her spot as #2 DLC candidate.