Summary: Weirdly appealing, fairly low quality, and a nice vehicle mode. Recommended mildly, but I don't plan on getting more at this time. Folks: After hearing these were out, I found them at my local Walmart for $3.54. Char-Dawg and Mag-num were available in several fashion colors; I picked the black Dodge Magnum, because I gotta get mine in a big black grocery getter (you can get yours in a '64). Sorry. Actually I just preferred the boom box to the medallion. These are not Maisto's first foray into changeable robots; they also made the widely distributed but relatively obscure Moto-Bots and Meta Moto-Bots, also sold as MotoRobots at one time, and have still run these off at intervals when transforming robots are sufficiently popular. The last time I saw them stocked, at Rite Aid drugstores for $2.99, was during Armada. With any luck they'll be re-released when the movie craziness strikes. Moto- Bots, for those curious, are the small transforming robots, mostly trucks, with snap-on pullback motors labeled 'Dyno Drive'. Now let us return to the RoboRods. Wow, these are cheaply made. Packed in robot mode, they are all plastic, except for rubber tires and the usual screws and fasteners. A bit more poseable than I'd expected, Mag-Num has universal jointed shoulders, a ball-jointed car-front head, and legs that can spread outward somewhat. I leave it to DVD to haul out the protractor. The feet pivot for transformation, but not in any way useful for posing. These take the 'reconfiguration' style to an extreme, being made almost entirely of car parts that look like car parts. Shellformers they are not. Mag's roof just hangs off his back like Brawl's turret, but looser, not really able to connect to anything or integrate into the robot mode. Two pegs on the head that look likely can not actually reach the roof's holes; they are for vehicle mode only, it seems. The roof really cheapens the robot mode; everything else, while very light and thin, is at least adequate. Details in robot mode include speaker cones on Mag's wrists so he can play Cold Slither at his enemies, and vaguely muscular grooves on his torso. The car-front head works better than I'd thought, weird as it is; cars have a vaguely 'facelike' look to them, and nobody AFAIK has so far used this anthropomorphic attribute for a changing robot. Maisto, therefore, deserves some points for innovation. Mags comes with a chrome-dipped ghetto blaster, which looks very nice, and scaled about right for GI Joe figures, if I remember my '80s technology properly. Alas, he can't hold this stereo, unless you simply raise his arm horizontal and balance it on top, but perhaps he uses it more for breakdancing on the street. You'll need to supply your own scaled-down cardboard. Transformation to vehicle mode begins by folding up the feet and sliding them in, sliding in the hands and folding in the arms, then pressing the roof in and pegging it to the arms and feet. The head folds up against the roof. It's a good transformation considering the odd robot mode, and the resulting vehicle holds together very well, and reveals almost no robot parts from any angle. Vehicle mode is a nicely detailed black Dodge Magnum with oversized wire wheels and low-profile tires, riding somewhat lower than is stock. In other words, it's a caricature of a car, but since the real Magnum is too that's perfectly acceptable. Tires are real rubber, which is pleasing. The car rolls quite well and looks very good -- vehicles are certainly Maisto's specialty. Scale appears larger than Hot Wheels' usual 1:64; I am guessing it's about 1:55, but have not yet measured. Conclusion: Odd and a bit chintzy but reasonably well-done for the low price. Maisto's Motobots are better as transforming robots, but these have plenty of camp appeal. I recommend them mildly and suggest buying one to examine before splurging for the whole line.