On July 13th 2006, Anteka posted pictures of what she called "Supernatural Action Figures" in her LJ. After coming upon a bin of naked Barbies at Goodwill, to quote anteka, “the idea sprang fully formed from my head like I had just been waiting for the opportunity to do this”. Three naked Ken dolls were purchased and garage sales and eBay scoured for clothes and accessories.
Her first post, featured Plastic!Dean, Plastic!Sam and Plastic!John. The resemblance to the real thing was amazing except for one notable difference which was to continue as the series took off – these plastic!boys were hugging!
After receiving pages of positive feedback, on July 15th, 2006 anteka posted what she decided to call Plastic!Winchester Theater - Episode One. All the elements of what the series was to become were there – snappy dialogue, brotherly love, the Impala, a gorgeous motel room, a great plot and a special guest star in the form of Harry Potter.
The very first public appearance of the Plastic!Winchesters
Producing The Show
Something that has distinguished this project has been the level of skill evident in the work.
Each episode involves the writing of a story, usually with a main and at least one secondary plot. The story is planned in outline form, broken into scenes and story-boarded so camera angles can be blocked out, such as in any TV show.
Characters are costumed, and sets decorated. There is great attention to detail, from the decals on the laptop, to the themed motel rooms.
Anteka may shoot over 200 pictures, 100 individual shots used in each episode. In post-production special effects are added.
The show has seen a number of very famous guest stars including Viggo Mortensen, Harry Potter, Buffy, Chuck Norris, Jack Bauer and the cast of High School Musical.
While a different foe is faced each week, recurring evil has a cute face in the form of the evil Care Bears, the evil!plastic!Winchesters and evil Kripke.
Anteka regularly posted weekly episodes for nearly four years. There were 22 episodes in seasons one and two, 18 in season three, and thirteen episodes 18 episodes in a third season, nine in season four. A fifth season was started in late 2009, and the last episode (5.03) was posted in November 2009.
In August 2010, anteka's journal becasme "Friends Only", so the project was no longer viewable.
Support crew and fans
One of the features of PW!T is the extent to which, while being the vision and creation of anteka, fans have been drawn to participate in the project in many ways.
Each week up to six people are involved in providing beta services for the episodes ensuring its high quality.
People from all over the world send in props, clothes and dolls to feature in PW!T.
The LJ community Spn_plasticwas created to host P!WT and creative fan projects such as fic or icons that involved the plastic!Winchesters.
Like any successful show, PW!T has spawned a number of associated project from Blooper reels, to Behind the Scenes tours with Plastic!Sam and Plastic!Dean as well as episode commentaries by anteka.
P!WT merchandise is available from Café Press
Out in the real world
- People working in the Art Department of Supernatural discovered the Plastic!Winchesters and were so impressed they invited anteka to visit the set of Supernatural. You can see some it documented in the Plastic Winchester's Vancouver Adventure.
- Fans from around the world have photographed P!WT in a variety of settings and with giant koalas, Elvis and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
- - Plastic!Interview, Part Two: The Show Strikes Back
- - Plastic!Interview, Part Three: Welcome to the Real World
- - Plastic!Interview, Part Four: Favorite Episodes
- - Plastic!Interview, Part Five: Dolls, Props and... Jell-O?
- May 2009. Plastic Winchester Theatre is mentioned in the Official Supernatural Magazine.