|“||I excavated this ship from the volcano where Landia dwells and repaired it. And I couldn't help but make a few upgrades before taking it out for a spin. Legend also says that this ship has a mind of its own. I'm not so sure. But I'm hoping it will speak to me someday, if I take good care of it!”|
|— Magolor • Kirby's Return to Dream Land|
The Lor Starcutter is Magolor's spaceship in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition. It crashes on Dream Land shortly after emerging from a dark, star-shaped portal in the sky, prompting Kirby and company to stop what they're doing and investigate.
During its crash-run, its oars, wings, engines, part of its bow, and its topsail are scattered to the five corners of Planet Popstar, and all 120 Energy Spheres are lost. Kirby offers to return these to the ship, and the team leaves on their adventure while Magolor tends to the stricken ship.
The Lor takes a very minor role in Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition. The cutscene shown when starting a file in the New Challenge Stages mode takes place inside the ship. After Kirby clears Magolor Race 3 and the credits end, Magolor leaves Popstar in the Lor Starcutter.
According to Magolor, the Lor Starcutter is a Halcandran vessel that was created by an ancient race, which are fittingly called the ancients, using an incredible power. Magolor said he found the ship buried in Dangerous Dinner and repaired and upgraded it. He mentions that the ancients are also responsible for building “Clockwork Stars that soar the cosmos,” of which he described in the same fashion as Nova from Kirby Super Star (and its remake) and possibly Star Dream from Kirby: Planet Robobot.
In truth, Magolor stole the Lor Starcutter and improved and upgraded it to attack Landia for the Master Crown. The dragon won the battle, heavily damaging the ship. Magolor opened a dimensional rift and fled through it. This is how he made it to Dream Land at the beginning of Kirby's Return to Dream Land, and why it breaks apart in Dream Land's atmosphere.
The ship apparently has a mind of its own. As Another Dimension crumbles following Magolor's defeat and the Master Crown's destruction, the Lor Starcutter and Landia come back to rescue Kirby and company.
The ship is high-tech in a blue-white color scheme. Its hull is shaped like a seafaring ship with a keel at the bottom and three oars on each side, and a topsail on a single mast. On its aft are two great wings flanking its engines.
As a boss in Another Dimension, the Lor Starcutter has a dark purple and blue color scheme.
As a boss in Extra Mode, the Lor's shape is unchanged but it has a red-orange and black color-scheme instead of a dark purple and blue one.
The Lor Starcutter is fought as a boss in Another Dimension, after Magolor and the Master Crown take complete control over it. It can fire dark stars from its emblem in either a stream or fan pattern (similar to Nightmare's attacks), throw its twin wings like boomerangs, fire its oars similarly to spears, and project a tornado from its mast to an edge of the screen to form a barrier.
When the Lor is at half HP, its attacks become faster and more dangerous. Lor will encase itself in a sphere that looks similar to an Energy Sphere's sphere, charge into the player(s) at full speed, then appear from behind and fire its stars. The wing and oar attacks become faster. It can now rotate in a full circle during its tornado attack. It projects blue and red orbs with the kind of shielding seen covering Energy Spheres and its individual parts earlier, in both straight and homing patterns, respectively. The red orbs home in based on where Kirby is at the time of firing.
In Extra Mode, the Lor Starcutter EX uses the shield projectile and ramming attacks from the start of the fight, fires more stars, and the attacks come even faster. It also uses new yellow orbs strike from the background in conjunction with the regular red and blue ones. It can also now use both red and blue orbs at the same time. The tornado attack is much larger, the Lor can change directions when moving in a full circle, and sometimes stops and restarts quickly when moving up and down the screen. It can also use both of the wings to attack now, instead of just one at a time. Finally, the Lor can hover in the background (hence being invulnerable) while firing a stream of stars at the player (similarly to Zero), and it performs a random follow-up attack after its ramming attack.
In the Super Smash Bros. series
The Lor Starcutter appears as an unlockable trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U that can be unlocked by playing as Toon Link in Target Solo Blast in Stage 2 and scoring at least 120,000 points in a single game.
|"Inside the Lor"|
|"Lor Starcutter (Planet Popstar)"|
|"Lor Starcutter (Halcandra)"|
The word mahoroba (which Magolor's Japanese name resembles) is Japanese for "wonderful place."
|“||The ship's captain, Magolor, is waiting for you on board. Collect the parts of the broken spaceship and bring them to him!”|
|— Official European Kirby's Return to Dream Land website|
|“||The Lor Starcutter is a ship that sails across the universe. The ship's parts, scattered all across Dream Land following its crash landing, were all collected with help of Kirby and the gang. Some of the parts, like the emblem, mast, oars and wings, serve more than just ship parts. You'll find out later.”|
|— Trophy Description • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U|
- The Lor's wings greatly resemble similar wing-like objects on the Starship from Kirby Super Star Ultra.
- During the fight outside of The Arena and The True Arena, the Lor drops food and stars after being taken down to half health.
- The battle with the Lor Starcutter is similar to the fights against Nightmare's Power Orb form, Dark Mind's last form, Kabula, Zero, and Galactic Nova Nucleus in that they all take the form of a shooter section.
- Lor's Japanese name is Roa, while Magolor's is Mahoroa. The last three letters of Magolor’s name are Lor's in both English and Japanese.
- The tiny image of the Lor that appears on the Lor Starcutter plaque features every missing part except the emblem and mast.
- Both the Lor Starcutter and its EX variant have attacks that mimic those of Zero from Kirby's Dream Land 3.
- In Kirby: Planet Robobot, the Lor Starcutter can be briefly seen in one of Galacta Knight's attacks. Galacta Knight will open a dimensional rift to fire off energy at Kirby or Meta Knight, and while the energy is exiting the rift, the Lor Starcutter might be seen moving, though it is very small and just a silhouette. This is an extremely rare occurrence.
- While Kirby is at the Shoppe selection screen in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe, the game plays a remix of the Lor Starcutter interior theme. A remix of the music can also be heard in Kirby Star Allies.
- In Kirby Star Allies, the Lor Starcutter can be seen in the level Far-Flung - Starlight Heroes.
- According to the language spoken by Hyness, The Three Mage-Sisters, and possibly others of their religion, "Lor" translates to paradise. As such, the Lor Starcutter's name would translate to "Paradise Starcutter" in the Jambandran language.
- This could be subtle foreshadowing of the Lor's ultimate use in Kirby's Return to Dream Land, as Magolor intends to use it to attack the "paradise star," Planet Popstar.