King Daniel Into Darkness wrote:
Perhaps after the painful experinces she had with the three protptypes, Soong built B-4 without her knowledge (after all, he certainly wasn't on Omicron Theta in "Datalore"), then with B-4 as a working/sentient and stable proof-of-concept, he came back and created Lore.
^That feels labored. The only advantage of that is that it justifies the "4" as a literal number, but as I've said, the movie clearly presents "B-4" as a pun, so I see no advantage in taking it literally.
Then I'm sure it will dismay you to learn that the scenario posited by King Daniel
is, in fact, how I depicted the sequence of events (and their motivations) in The Persistence of Memory
. So, regardless of whether you would have done it that way, in terms of Treklit continuity, you are now stuck with it.