Starry Night designer sends LEGO Ideas into feline frenzy with brick-built cats

The fan designer behind LEGO Ideas 21333 Vincent van Gogh – The Starry Night has cracked the 10K mark for the ninth time with a pair of brick-built cats.

So far, just one of Truman Cheng’s nine projects to reach the review stage has been given the green light, but that still makes him a member of a very rare and exclusive club. He could yet find himself responsible for up to four LEGO Ideas sets, too, as two of his projects – a koala and Air Jordan trainers – are still under consideration in the first 2022 review, while LEGO Cats has now reached the second 2022 review.

The pair of brick-built moggies took just under seven months to gather the required support to advance to the review stage, where they’ll now come under close scrutiny from the LEGO Ideas review board. Should they get the green light, they’ll go into production and eventually end up on LEGO Store shelves for us to add to our own collections.

Comprised of 733 and 752 parts respectively, the tuxedo and ginger tabby cats are near-identical in design, with only minor differences in the patterning of their fur. That’s all achieved through careful alignment of bricks, as the only printed pieces in Cheng’s design are their eyes. There’s articulation across the heads and tails of both cats, which each measure 25cm tall and 10cm wide.

Cheng says he chose this particular combo of coats ‘because they look great together and have a good contrast on temperament (lovely ginger vs bossy tuxedo)’. If the project gets the go-ahead from the LEGO Ideas team, there’s a good chance it may revise their colours, and perhaps even redesign one of the cats to give the builds more variety.

We’ll find out for sure when the results of the second 2022 review are announced next year. A total of 47 LEGO Ideas projects are now in the running in this round, all of which you can find below:

Night at the Museum – Re-Open the Doors
Ancient Greek Temple
Clockwork Solar System
Ratatouille: Let’s Open The Doors
Sea Turtle
Mata Nui Rises [BIONICLE Tribute Set]
Working Log Flume – Fairground Water Coaster
Ed and Edna’s Scrap Junkyard
Armada Port
Garfield – 2-in-1
Medieval Watchtower
Heartstopper Charlie’s Room
The Treasury – Petra
The A-Team: I Love it When a Plan Comes Together
Golden Trumpet Tree With Park Bench
Sony Walkman
Chinese Gardens
Gravity Falls – The Mystery Shack
The Great Wave off Kanagawa 
The Old Train Engine Shed
Witch House
Red London Telephone Box
Ski Chalet
Medieval Guarded Inn
Sikorsky S-70i Firehawk Cal Fire Edition
Viking Village
The Krusty Krab – Spongebob Squarepants
Traditional Japanese Village
Tuscan Villa
University of Brickester
The Art Center
The World of Civil Engineering: Types of Bridges
LEGO Mushroom House
Working Polaroid Sun 600 LMS
Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Escher Room
Working Orrery
Medieval Alchemist
Lisbon Tram (Elétrico De Lisboa)
Fishing in the Muddy Waters
Escape Game: Carter’s Secret
Auto Repair Garage 1930s
Motorized Steampunk Ship
Indiana Jones, Raiders Of The Lost Ark – 40th Anniversary
Lilo & Stitch: Beach House

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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