Thunder Shot Mk. II Momoi-Halko Special & future Tamiya releases

Update July 5th: further new items added (highlighted in yellow)
Momoi Halko’s song Thunder Shot has been out for a while, and recently Tamiya announced the Mini 4WD model Thunder Shot Mk. II Momoi-Halko Special (item number 92190).

Momoi Halko (real name: Haruko Momoi) is an immensely popular singer, idol and dub voice actress in Japan and her song “Thunder Shot” is cut number 11 on her album “Sunday Early Morning”, and the video can be seen here:

The model itself is identical to item number 18620 Thunder Shot Mk. II, based on the modular Mini 4WD PRO chassis, except that the parts are molded in completely different colours and the Sakura-themed (cherry blossom) sticker sheet. The sakura season is extensively celebrated in Japan, and is one of Japan‘s most important symbols, and also the official plant of Tokyo. It’s associated with aesthetics and volatileness, but is also a symbol of frail female beauty, and combined with the light pink colour scheme, a very appropriate theme for the sticker sheet of the Momoi-Halko Special. Momoi Halko is a lifelong anime-fan, and often refered to as the “Queen of Akihabara” because she used to spend a lot of time with other anime-, manga- und game-otakuses (fanatic enthusiasts) in the Akihabara district. This further justifys the connection between her and Tamiya manga-inspired Mini 4WD models like the Thunder Shot. In other words, the Momoi-Halko Special has a lot more substance than just a marketing gag.

As a sidenote, the Momoi-Halko Special with its feminine style, is an appropriate counterpart to another Thunder Shot Mk. II limited model released earlier this year, the quite masculine “Black Special”:

Further new items that haven’t been widely announced yet:

49497 4×4 Racing Truck TRF801XT:

94660 Thunder Shot Mk.II Pink Special (no picture) (very similar to the Momoi-Halko Special, but with white fibre reinforced chassis and slightly different decals)
94661 PRO MS Chassis Evo. I (no picture) (for Mini 4WD PRO)

71121 2-Legged Walking Robot w/Wind-Up Generator:

71122 4-Legged Walking Robot w/Wind-Up Generator:

71123 Sumo Wrestler Robot w/Wind-Up Generator:

89773 1/48 F-117A Nighthawk and U.S. Modern 4×4 Utility Vehicle :

21201 1/12 Repsol RC211V ’06 Parts Panel :

21202 1/12 Konica Minolta RC211V ’06 Parts Panel (no picture)
21203 1/12 Honda RC211V ’06 Parts Panel (no picture)
21204 1/12 LCR Honda RC211V ’06 Parts Panel (no picture)
12626 1/24 Porsche 962C Photo Etched Parts Set (no picture)
89774 1/35 IJA Type 95 Light Tank & Infantry Set (no picture)
89775 1/35 IJA Type I SPG & Crew Set (no picture)
89776 1/350 IJN Submarine I-400 (Special Edition) (no picture)
94666 Dash 1 Emperor Special Kit (no picture)
94667 Dash 01 Super Emperor Special Kit (no picture)

70179 Mini Submarine Motor with Float (no picture)

89913 Submarine Motor (Clear Blue) (no picture)