Firefly - Dog Tags Malcolm Reynolds
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These are the dog tags of Sergeant Malcolm Reynolds, who fought alongside Corporal Zoe Alleyne in the Battle of Serenity Valley.
The zinc alloy dog tags with a bronze-like finish feature the logo of the Independents Army: a downward-pointing triangle surrounding an upward-pointing star. But an upside-down version of the logo also appeared onscreen. Firefly costume designer Shawna Trpcic says it was unintentional – a wardrobe boo-boo.
But we saw it as a boo-boo with creative potential.
So, our set of tags incorporates both logos. It made sense to us that the tag with the original logo would go to the family when a soldier is killed. The tag with the upside-down logo (an upward-pointing triangle surrounding a downward-pointing star), we surmised, would remain with the soldier´s body.
At the top of the tag´s face are Chinese characters for soldier and for the numbers 5 and 7 signifying the 57th Overlanders Bridade, to which Malcolm Reynolds belonged.
The flip side of the tag has a sort of 26th century QR code. Beneath that is Malcolm Reynolds´ rank and his serial number. The set of two tags come with ball-chain necklaces and are cleverly packaged in a specially designed Blue Sun cigarillo box.