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Lékyn Temple
"My sign is vital, my hands are cold..."
About this creation
Well, it's finally here. Lékyn Temple. Starting around late May, I spent way too much on BrickLink orders, lost my mind several times, and drove it to Seattle in a giant cardboard box. At 64x48, 37 bricks tall, and an estimated 3,100 studs worth of smooth tiles, it is (by far) the largest, most wallet-thinning creation I have ever made.

Some of you may have seen it at BrickCon '09 in Seattle Washington, others may have seen it as a work in progress on my Flickr page, but this is the official "finished" post. Not to mention the most anticipated post of my MOCpages career.






Quite the jump from last year's summer project.





Before you get sick of my ramblings and go look at something else, I want to thank the peeps from Flickr who helped tremendously in the construction of this. For example, the balustrade/railing was totally Yupa-sama's idea. Totally. =)





While being large, this is quite sturdy as well. When transporting it from my little corner in the basement to the Seattle Center, I merely plopped in a cardboard box (like I already mentioned) and then carried it in one piece. Call it hometown advantage if you like, I say it's being paranoid of everything crumbling under my fingers.





Yeah, that's right. I used baseplates. Lot's of 'em.













Here is a good picture showing the amount of tiles used on the entire thing, as well as a good overall view that isn't often showed in my posts.











The interior was tricky as I had already intertwined all the walls and exterior detailing, so it's not as well built as I should have liked, but...I guess it turned out pretty well.












On another note, I had a blast at BrickCon. I mean, beside meeting Shawn Snider, Shannon Young, Heather Braaten, Alex Eylar, Lee Jones, Jordan Schwartz (Sir Nodraj), David Luna, Ochre Jelly, Lino Martin, Gary McIntire, Andrew Becraft, Josh Wedin, Will Chapman, and many, many others, just being there was cool.










I spent way too much, got way too little sleep, and had way to much fun.











Looking up...













Here's a picture of the monk dudes' leader. Not that you care or anything...













In reply to Dave Shaddix, here's a couple detail photos for yall. I apologize for the poor lighting/coloring. I had some troubles along the way...











Well folks, that's all for now. Catch ya next time!





Comments

 I like it 
  December 15, 2010
Great build! I really like the SNOT techniques.
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  November 29, 2010
This is such spectacular architecture! The whole construction is stunning! And the use of tiles is great!!
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  November 5, 2009
monumental!
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  October 11, 2009
I just spent way too much time "Google-ing" Le'kyn... what the bloody heck does it mean? Awesome build you have here, it looked so massive in real life, and yet it almost looks small here in these photographs... Bah! It must be my imagination...
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  October 11, 2009
It's okay. Could be better... Wait. What am I saying? The whole thing is Beautifully done! I love the amount of detail you were able to put into this thing especially for being a TFOL. It shows us TFOLs can do anything a AFOL can do (LEGO wise anyway).
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  October 11, 2009
OMG! This is amazing! This is also on the Brother's brick.
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  October 11, 2009
very nice great work on the temple and the intrior, the stone statues and the water was a nice touch.
  October 10, 2009
great temple JD! this looks huge. the exterior is done really well, as the interior is also. this may seem a little late, but congrats on getting blogged on TBB! ~nickeal1
JD Luse
Blade Bat
  October 9, 2009
realy how much did it all cost 100 175 200 what? You may actully get a chance to see some of my WIP soon and see that I'm not bluffing but actuly I do have a Lord of the Rings thing that is almost ready to post so if you like LOTR then keep an eye out.
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  October 9, 2009
Amazing snot work! One of the best building constructed in recent memory!
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  October 9, 2009
Never has man created a word to describe a work of art like this, Great job!
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  October 9, 2009
Quoting Blade Bat Well it's nice and all but this is you biggest project?
Yes, this is my biggest project. Off the top of my head I guesstimate it to be about four times the size of any castle building I've made up until this point. BrickLink sellers definitely profited from this temple.
JD Luse
Blade Bat
  October 8, 2009
Well it's nice and all but this is you biggest project? The outside is good but could use some more detail the inside is missing alot and whats with the sqaures on the wall. but you did conqour the big gray wall syndrome even though you only used one shade of gray. sorry if this sounds too negitive but if only you could see some of my work in progris you would understand.
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  October 8, 2009
One of your best! Great build.
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  October 8, 2009
cool
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  October 7, 2009
Brilliant! I wondered how this would turn out, and I must say I'm impressed!
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  October 7, 2009
Oh wow JD, great job, I wish my Mech Bay 16 had some of these details. Very well done. I am studying how you did this. Between this and Sean's Stock Exchange facade, I really want to try out this style more. Thanks for the inspiration!
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  October 7, 2009
Brilliant! This really turned out great, looks simple and complicated at the same time, any way it doesn't matter, what matters that it's very beautiful piece of art, as expected from you, just keep building >>> peace.. Firas
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  October 7, 2009
Great build, nice detail. I love the fountain.
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  October 7, 2009
Hey JD, this is a beautiful build! I wish I could have seen it in person! I'm currently building the local courthouse with LEGO and it's a wallet thinning, bricklink hoggin' project as well! So I know the feeling! LOL
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  October 7, 2009
Hi Jesse! We didn't get to talk as much as I would have liked, but I want to say that this temple is incredible. We were honored to have it in the Castle display and it was a favorite with the public. Well done, sir, well done.
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  October 7, 2009
Not bad at all. I think that this really came out great! It's good to see it finally completed and I hope you had some fun at BrickCon. -Dylan
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  October 7, 2009
Wow, you really have used a lot of bricks and tiles to that! Really nice work, I just hope that it could be a little, note, little bit more detailed.
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  October 7, 2009
Absolutely BEAUTIFUL, JD!!! Some of your best work yet. Glad to hear Brickcon was good, too...but hey, it's Seattle. How could it NOT be good?
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  October 7, 2009
Not only it's higly personnal, but it's also perfectly done. You're really in the top team of the TFOLs and one of the best builder on MOCpages !
JD Luse
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Thomas N
  October 6, 2009
Awesome JD, the architecture is great, and its a really smooth and good-looking build all-around. Fantastic! ~T
JD Luse
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James Walker
  October 6, 2009
As lame as this may sound, I like the stairs! JD, you have always known me to build large stuff, this however utilizes both the large aspect and your excellent skills!! Very majestic!
JD Luse
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Dave Shaddix
  October 6, 2009
Dude... this is most impressive. Nice work here. I wish you would have given some more detail shots of the front though.
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  October 6, 2009
Very nice detailed work.
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  October 6, 2009
It was a pleasure to meet you JD, you are mature beyond your years. Your placement on my favourite builders was earned by the quality of your work, and you continue to impress. Lee.
  October 6, 2009
Nice. I need a summer project for next year. Until then, I have a winter project!!!
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  October 6, 2009
JD, this is spectacular. Architecture is hard to do well when you attempt the use of classical influences. The proportions and weight of each element have to be carefully considered. You have done a superb job of managing these disparate components. If I may make one minor suggestion, (and maybe I just can't seethis from the pictures), your two small columns could benifit from a small capital to matchthe base you have given them. Regardless, this is outstanding and you should feel very proud of this amazing accomplishment!
 I like it 
  October 6, 2009
This is a very impressive creation. The fountain is a nice touch as are the statues. Excellent work.
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  October 6, 2009
I'm glad you had fun at Brick-Con. I need a convention to take place in Cleveland.
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  October 6, 2009
Nice!
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  October 6, 2009
This is awesome! I especially like the entrance and the details.
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  October 6, 2009
This is really amazing!
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  October 6, 2009
Well, the word has been used here several times: impressive. I really can't think of a better word to describe this.
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  October 6, 2009
Beautiful build JD! This is by far your best creation and it matches up to creations built by many great AFOL's. Well Done, Wish I could have seen it in person.
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  October 6, 2009
Nice to see it all finished. Glad you had a great time at BrickCon. Unlike SP I think that an ancient temple might be big, boxy and unadorned. see ya. garth
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  October 6, 2009
Impressive work. I like the style that you used and the detail of the opponent elements (water and fire)
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  October 6, 2009
Very nice stone-working! It looks like these monks would be pretty good at fighting for thier beliefs...speaking of which, prehaps a seiging of this temple would be cool...
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  October 6, 2009
Nice. Love the clean effect of the sides as well as the front plaza area. The inside could be less spartan IMO, but a very good job overall. 5/5
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  October 6, 2009
hm...I dunno, I think that's not as creative as your other works. It's merely a big grey box. Not that it is bad, it's nicely done, but to me it's almost a bit.....boring.
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  October 6, 2009
Wow! That is really cool! All that shiny tiling makes me wish i had your budget for lego. SO MANY TILES!!
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  October 6, 2009
You know what? It isn't that half bad.
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  October 6, 2009
Impressive build! Very clean lines. I want them skills!
 
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