I Made a Maqet! (Part 2)

So, the wait is over. My maqet showed up today. I’m still wondering how it’s pronounced…does it rhyme with “packet”? Or does it sound more like “Rockette” with a “muh” sound in the front? And why oh why is there no letter “u” following the “q”? This goes against everything I know about the alphabet. 

When I first opened the package, I wondered why there were Styrofoam packing peanuts in the box to cushion a plush toy. Upon further inspection, I realized that my maqet is not a plush, as I for some reason thought it would be, but a little hard action figure-type creature. 

He (it?) came with a little nametag with spaces for me to fill out my name as “artist” and for me to fill in the name of my maqet. The maqet’s birthday, March 14, 2010, is on the tag as well; I’m assuming this is the day I designed him/her/it on the website. How cool would it be to design one the day your child was born; then you’d forever have this little one-of-a-kind creature that you made that’s exactly the same age as your own little one-of-a-kind creature that you made.

One of the most notably awesome things about my Maqet (other than the fact that I got to design my own super-cool action figure), is the disclaimer on the back of the package. It reads: “We hope you enjoy your new maqet! Handle with care. Don’t eat your maqet or throw it across the room at someone; it might break.”

Wiser words could not be spoken.

—Jennifer Sinclair, Senior Editor, The Licensing Book

About the author

Jackie Breyer

Jackie Breyer

Jackie Breyer is the vice president of Adventure Media & Events, and group publisher of The Toy Book, The Toy Insider, and The Pop Insider. She has been reporting on retail and toy industry trends for more than 20 years. Jackie has been featured in the Netflix series The Toys That Made Us, The History Channel’s The Toys That Built America, and Nat Geo’s The ’80s Top 10: Toys, as well as The TODAY show, CNBC's Power Lunch, NBC News, CNN, MSNBC, Yahoo Finance, Cheddar, and more. Jackie is the 2012 recipient of the Wonder Woman in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment Award in the field of Journalism & Social Media. A true ’80s kid, Jackie is a fan of Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Super Mario, Care Bears, My Little Pony, and Archie Comics. Her first Cabbage Patch Kid was named Cecily Aretha. She still has her charm necklace, and her Garbage Pail Kid card collection is bigger than yours. Jackie has successfully trained her kids Lena and Henry to be Mario Kart experts. You can follow her on social media @jackiebreyer and connect with her on LinkedIn.