Many indie toys can be traced to earlier characters, concepts, or designs from the 1960s-1970s. I believe I may have uncovered the origin of Chicken Fever, or at least the inspiration for the figure.
A short while ago, I came across this postcard-sized item, which I believe is from the 1970s. It's called a "Kaiju Siri E" which means "kaiju scratch illustration." The image is slightly raised, with a felt-like texture. Basically you put your blank sheet of paper over it, rub it with a pencil, and produce the image.
More after the jump:
|It also came with this sheet of paper, which is like a packaging sheet for the series.|
All you needed was the sheet of paper and a pair of dice, and you were good to go.
Note our unnamed kaiju friend smack in the middle of this space-themed game. The similarities between it and the scratch card figure are striking. It's even more similar to the Chicken Fever toy.
I've asked around, and nobody I've spoken with knows the name of the character or where it's from. It may just have been one of those random kaiju designs that circulated at the time. In any case, given just how much earlier toys and characters have influenced modern indie toys, it's fun to connect the dots and see some of these classic inspirations up close.