Friday, 29 May 2015

Killbison D-333

Transformation: Tank
Abilities: Has a symbol of evil, the "Bison Breast," built in. He is a genius at destruction and killing. He bombards the enemy with powerful anti-aircraft fire.
Weapons: Bison Cannon
Function: Work Soldier
Final Attack: Using his "Thunder Burst Attack," he absorbs electricity through his chest, and uses his powerful anger to amplify the destructive energy, and shoots it at his enemy, frying their circuits to dust.

Trading Card:
Codename: Killbison
Code No.: D-333
Level: 63
Origin: Death Zone
Profile: Has an equal rage with that of the leader of the Dinosaur Squadron. Uncomfortable without anything to destroy. Even his companions have learned to keep away from the dangerous side of his character.

In 1989 Takara brought out Transformers Victory, the first G1 series unique to Japan where the majority of the figures were all new moulds. Among these new figures were 4 combiners: Landcross, Road Caesar, Dinoking and Lio Kaisar.

Tank Mode

Killbison is one of the Destron combiners who joins with 5 others to form Lio Kaisar. Part of the Breastforce team, each member has an animal breast who can either turn into a weapon or form part of the chest of the robot mode (hence Breastforce).

Bison Breast

Unlike the Scramble City combiners, the individual combiner members in the Transformers Victory line up are more or less the same size. Killbison forms the right leg of Lio Kaisar and shares a similar mould to Drillhorn who forms the left leg. Although Killbison has limited movement in both robot and tank forms this is a good thing, he is predominantly cast in the gold plastic which likes to crumble to dust by just looking at it. Luckily mine is still intact yet I removed the screws and took it to pieces it in order to transform it just to be on the safe side. I have now retired this figure and it will forever remain in its box, the older it gets the more likely it will be to disintegrate. Just separating the tank section to form the legs, folding out the robot head or Leo Kaisars foot is cringeworthly - if it gets broken it is a very expensive piece to replace.

Holding the Bison Cannon

Bison Breast attached

As with the rest of the Breastforce, Killbison's head sculpt is detailed in the form of the animal he is linked with.

Oddly in the Victory cartoon series, after Killbison transforms from tank mode to a robot, he "gestures" with his middle finger which of course is considered offensive in many western cultures. In Japan however it does not mean the same thing, in fact it does not mean anything at all, however quite a few people in Japan are aware it can be considered offensive in different cultures.

Is Killbison swearing in a childs cartoon?
Killbison was among the 1992 European Rescue Force figures, again bearing no name this is a blue redeco with new crane arms instead of guns. These "arms" come in two different colour variants - grey or red. Should Killbison ever need replacing because of his fragility, this Autobot version is a very cheap alternative.

As with the other Breastforce members, Killbison was also reissued in China in 1995.

1995 Chinese reissue

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