The ‘evil twin’ trope wasn’t a particularly original idea in science fiction, but the writers of Star Trek: The Next Generation decided to introduce it in the first season of the show. Lieutenant Commander Data comes across the parts of a disassembled android that look exactly like him, in the episode ‘Datalore’. The android, Lore, can experience emotion but he also has a psychotic streak. Bummer.
Lore was in four episodes of TNG and quickly became one of the most popular antagonists in the series. It’s not a surprise that this figure was released so soon after the main characters. Lore appears in his Pakled uniform from the episode ‘Brothers’, which is interesting as he wore a better outfit in ‘Descent’, the more recent episode to air. His menacing padded black suit would have made for quite a cool figure. Anywho, we should be happy with what we’re given and it’s a decent mould and sculpt. The head is the regular Data figure from series 1, but with a subtle menacing grin. The body is unique in the line and a little on the large side for Lore’s frame, but given that the Pakleds are pretty weighty, it’s probably OK. The flap on his uniform is on the wrong side (the designers were probably going from a reverse image), but otherwise it’s screen accurate. Lore’s accessories are quite generic and not specific to the character. I’d love him to come with a mini Crystalline Entity figure, or an emotion chip. We do however get the laser he makes Data’s face twitch with and the phaser he sets Dr Crusher on fire 🔥
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