‘Starry Night’ LEGO Ideas designer’s My Neighbor Totoro project reaches 10K

The LEGO Ideas fan designer behind Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night has cracked 10K for a fourth time with a project based on My Neighbor Totoro.

It’s Truman Cheng’s second Studio Ghibli-inspired design to achieve support. The first, based on the acclaimed animated movie Spirited Away, is currently under review by the Ideas team, while his My Neighbor Totoro project will now enter the first 2021 review.

If either of those models make the cut, they’ll become Truman’s second official LEGO Ideas model. His brick-built rendition of Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night painting was announced as part of the second 2020 review earlier this month.

Cheng’s My Neighbor Totoro design recreates the movie’s iconic Cat Bus and Totoro using 869 pieces, and includes minifigures of both Mei and Satsuki. It’s the 29th project to reach 10K in the current review window, which is set to run until May.

Here’s the full list of Ideas projects in the first 2021 review:

My LEGO Totoro
Jazz Quartet
The Trulli of Alberobello
The Polar Express
Train Bookends

The Nightmare Before Christmas
The King’s Castle
The Sewing Workshop
Forth Bridge
A Nice Day at the Farm
The Castle of Brickwood Forest
Baba Yaga
Claus Toys
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Paradise
NASA’s SLS & Artemis
LEGO bookends
Metroid: Samus Aran’s Gunship
Hyrule Castle (The Legend of Zelda)
The Karate Kid “Wax On, Wax Off”
Scania Next Generation S730 
4½-Litre 1927-31 Bentley ‘Blower’ 
Asterix and Obelix 
The Simpsons – The Krusty Burger
The House of Chocolate
The X-Files: I Want to Believe
Castle of Lord Afol and the Black Knights
Among Us: The Skeld Detailed Map
The Office
The Shire

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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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