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Captain Malcolm Reynolds

Updated on October 2, 2013

"We have done the impossible, and that makes us mighty."

Captain Malcolm Reynolds was the gun-slinging, cynical, protective, wise-cracking, thieving, war-hero captain of the ship Serenity, from the well known and well love space cowboy series, Firefly. Firefly was directed by Joss Whedon and unmercifully cut short in it;s prime by Fox, leading to it being immortalised forever in fans' hearts. He was played by Nathon Fillion in both the series and the recent film, Serenity.

Captain Reynolds and 'Serenity' - You can't take the sky from me.... since I found Serenity

Mal was a sergeant in the 57th Overlanders Brigade, on the side of the Independents at the Battle of Serenity Valley, where the war ended. Afterwards, he found himself a derelict 03-K64 Firefly-class transport sitting in a shipyard, and named it Serenity.

Serenity came to represent his freedom, his last stand, and his independence. Mal fiercely defended his crew, and went to great lengths to keep her flying.

QMX Serenity - Firefly Metal Keychain
QMX Serenity - Firefly Metal Keychain

* Your very own pocket-sized Firefly-class vessel!

* Solid-metal keychain, with a beautiful pewter finish

* The Firefly Serenity Replica Key Chain was created using the TV series' special effects files, carefully scaling them down to just over 2-inches

* Shiny!


Sergeant Malcolm Reynolds - The Unification War

Mal was one of the Browncoats, who fought for the Independents in the big old war between the independent planets and the Alliance. The Independents lost, and now the whole galaxy celebrates Unification Day... well. Almost the whole galaxy. Mal still manages to always find himself in an Alliance-friendly bar, come Unification Day.

Lund: You know, your coat is kinda a brownish color...

Mal: It was on sale. (calmly sips drink)

Lund: You didn't toast. You know, I'm thinkin' you one of 'em In'e'pen'ents.

Mal: And I'm thinkin' you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling. So why don't we just ignore each other until we go away?

Lund: The In'e'pen'ents were a bunch of inbred, cowardly piss-pots. Should've been killed off of every world spinnin'.

Mal: [turns] Say that to my face.

Lund: I said you're a coward and a piss-pot. Now what are you gonna do about it?

Mal: [smiles] Nothing. I just wanted you to face me so she could get behind you.

[Lund turns, and Zoe knocks him out with the butt of her rifle]

Mal: Drunks are so cute.

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Malcom "Mal" Reynolds Action Figures - Grab your own version of Mal to stand guard over your desk!

SERENITY2000 Serenity Malcom Mal Reynolds 6" Action Figure
SERENITY2000 Serenity Malcom Mal Reynolds 6" Action Figure

# eturn to Joss Whedons "Space Western" with this first series of Serenity action figures, based on characters appearing in the feature film sequel to the short-lived, but cult-classic, TV series, Firefly!

# Captain Malcolm Reynolds stands 6 inches tall, features 14 points of articulation, and includes authentic, movie-style accessories.


Serenity PVC Set: Mal, Jayne and River

Mal, River, and Jayne come together in this set of PVC figures, based on Joss Whedon's blockbuster film Serenity. Each mini figure stands about 3 1/2 to 4-inches tall and holds a weapon in its hand.

Dark Horse Comics Serenity PVC Set
Dark Horse Comics Serenity PVC Set

Serenity fans rejoice! The master sculptors at Gentle Giant Studios have taken full-size 3-D digital scans of the main actors from Joss Wheden's blockbuster film Serenity and created a fabulous, realistically detailed PVC set of the favorite three crew members. This process has allowed us to achieve an unprecedented level of accurate detail, both in terms of the distinctive likenesses and the accessories and costumes. Since you can't get these actors to come visit you at home and sit on your bookshelf or computer, this is probably the next best thing! This is part of a continuing program of officially licensed Serenity items from Dark Horse, so watch this space for new releases.


Malcolm Reynolds Limited Editions - "I Aim to Misbehave" Little Damn Heroes Malcolm Reynolds Animated Maquette

These limited edition, hand painted, maquettes number only one thousand. Part of the proceeds from these 4.5 inch resin statues go to the Kids Need To Read charity.

"I Aim to Misbehave" Little Damn Heroes Malcolm Reynolds Animated Maquette
"I Aim to Misbehave" Little Damn Heroes Malcolm Reynolds Animated Maquette

I Aim to Misbehave

With these words, Malcolm Reynolds, captain of the Firefly-Class Transport Serenity, let loose upon the Alliance the kind of retribution only a man with nothing left to lose can exact. And now Mal, the man of action, is captured in this limited edition, hand-painted statue, the next in the hit series of Little Damn HeroesTM animated maquettes. The 4.5-inch resin statue shows Mal with his gun drawn and browncoat billowing behind him. Details in the maquette include screen-accurate sculpts of his boots, suspenders, even his iconic pistol.

Only 1,000 "I Aim to Misbehave" limited-edition maquettes are being made. And, through special arrangement with Nathan Fillion and PJ Haarsma, co-founders of Kids Need To Read , a portion of the proceeds from sales of "Aim" will be donated to this worthy cause. Only $54.95 and available for a limited time, best get yours before they're gone for good!


Captain Malcolm Reynolds 17" Dressed Tonner Character Figure (Limited Edition 1000)

Mal: "If anyone gets nosy, know... shoot 'em. "

Zoe: "Shoot 'em?"

Mal: "Politely."

Another limited edition figure, this version from Tonner weighs in at a full 17 inches! That's... half a metre!

Firefly Captain Malcolm Reynolds Tonner Doll
Firefly Captain Malcolm Reynolds Tonner Doll

Nathan Fillion Head Sculpt; 17" Male Athletic Body w/ Blue Eyes and Brunette Hair

After fighting on the side of the Independents, CAPTAIN MALCOLM REYNOLDS travels the 'verse, look for jobs to support his crew, and keep his beloved ship SERENITY flying true. The notorious BROWNCOAT arrives wearing a burgundy cotton shirt, twill trousers with suspenders, faux leather belt and holster, socks, faux leather zip-up boots, and resin reproduction of his signature gun; includes display stand.


Serenity Captain Malcolm Reynolds Mini Bust Exclusive

* First Licensed Serenity Collectibles Mini Bust

* Limited to Only 1000 Pieces Produced Worldwide

* Sculpted by the artisans at Gentle Giant Studios

* 6 Inches Tall

* Comes packaged in a 4 Color Box and includes a C.O.A.

Serenity Captain Malcolm Reynolds Mini Bust Exclusive
Serenity Captain Malcolm Reynolds Mini Bust Exclusive

Razors Edge Collectibles partnered with Diamond Select Toys to bring you the first Serenity Collectibles Resin Mini Bust. Mal was sculpted by the artisans at Gentle Giant Studios. Mal was designed in 1/6 scale and stands over 6 Inches Tall. He is limited to only 1000 Pieces Produced Worldwide and is sold only through Razors Edge Collectibles. Mal comes packaged in a 4 Color Box and includes a C.O.A.


Malcolm Reynolds Metal-plated Pistol Prop Replica

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No cowboy western is complete without a good old shootout, and guns slung casually over someone's hips. Mal's pistols see a fair bit of action, and add a real touch of cowboy-realism to the show.

There's a cheap resin kit (no longer available) and a more expensive stunt pistol replicas

Serenity Stunt Pistol Replica - "They don't like it when you shoot at them. I worked that out myself."

This was a limited edition replica, and has been well-reviewed here by someone who actually has one.

'all see the man hanging out of the spaceship with the really big gun? I'm not saying you weren't easy to find. [But] It was kinda out of our way, and he didn't want to come in the first place. Man's lookin' to kill some folk. So really, it's his will y'all should worry about thwarting.

Grab A Rare Malcolm Reynolds Replica, Autograph or Figure! - See what you can find on eBay... cheap or rare!

If you're serious about putting together the 'perfect' costume, but don't want to order something custom-made, then you'll have to stalk eBay or learn to sew. The pistols, coats, boots and other items of Mal's costume do pop up on eBay occasionally, but not very often.

Mal in 'disguise' in the film Serenity
Mal in 'disguise' in the film Serenity

Mal's Red Shawl

Dear Buddha, please bring me a pony and a plastic rocket...

In the film Serenity Mal sneaks into Inara's Companion Training House to rescue her/spring the trap set by the Operative after River, cunningly disguised in a red shawl. There, he prays to Buddha for a pony and a plastic rocket, before Inara interrupts him.

The Firefly Soundtrack - Mal's music: since he found Serenity...

Joss Whedon wrote the intro song, sung by Sonny Rhodes, which is very much in the theme of Malcolm Reynolds. The music on Firefly is pretty awesome and keeps the Space-Western theme going very well.

take my love

take my land

take me where I cannot stand

I don't care

I'm still free

you can't take the sky from me

take me out

to the black tell 'em I ain't coming back

burn the land

and boil the sea

you can't take the sky from me

have no place

I can be

since I found Serenity

but you can't take the sky from me

(Inara is brushing Kaylee's hair and explaining how Companions choose their clients)

Inara: Physical appearance doesn't matter so terribly. You look for compatibility of spirit. There's an energy about a person that's difficult to hide.You try to feel that--

Mal:(entering Inara's shuttle) And then you try to feel the energy of their credit account, it has a sort of...aura...

Inara: What did I say to you about barging into my shuttle?

Mal:That it was manly and impulsive?

Inara: Yes, precisely. Only the exact phrase I used was, "Don't."

Mal:Well, you're holding my mechanic in thrall. And Kaylee! What the hell is goin' on in the engine room? Were there monkeys? Some terrifying space monkeys maybe got loose?


Mal:I'm not sure you'd be safe.

Inara: Mal, if you're being a gentleman, I may die of shock.

Mal: Hm. (bows and leaves, then reenters) Have you got time to do my hair?

Inara: Out.

Inara Serra (played by Morena Baccarin) was the Companion who hired out the shuttle of Serenity - throughout the series, her and Mal constantly clashed, and there was a noticiable attraction between them. Sadly, this was never really resolved, due to some cruel bastards cutting the series short.

Zoe: Sir, I think you have a problem with your brain being missing.

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    • Kara Hara profile image

      Kara Hara 

      6 years ago

      I didn't know much about Malcolm Reynolds but now I do. Thanks for the lens

    • Fran Tollett profile image

      Fran Tollett 

      6 years ago

      Great lens on one of the best science fiction shows ever! I also picked you for the sci-fi quest :-D

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      6 years ago

      Love the show, love the movie! Picked for sci-fi quest :)

    • IanMayfield profile image


      6 years ago

      Fox Cancelling Firefly was a bit like a record label ditching the Beatles after one album. I suppose it was too much to expect for them not to be afraid of a good, solid, well-written, well-acted and internally consistent sci-fi show...

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      6 years ago

      Love Firefly and Serenity, bought both - wish it were still on!

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      6 years ago

      I miss Firefly.

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      7 years ago

      you can't take the sky on me... i love firefly

    • Mauhro profile image


      7 years ago

      I love Nathan Fillion and firefly/serenity is one of the best scifi shows ever :)

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      7 years ago

      always fun to find Firefly stuff on here :)

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      7 years ago

      I miss Firefly! Everything was always shiny when I had another episode to watch...

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      7 years ago

      Great lens I had no idea that Nicholas Brendon was the first choice to play Mal.

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      7 years ago

      Okay, it's time for some thrilling heroics!

      Where's the Jayne cosplay Lens?

      And don't forget the cunning hat!

      And Vera!

    • Squidhead profile image


      7 years ago

      I miss Firefly. It's nice to see Malcolm on Castle.

    • Missmerfaery444 profile image


      7 years ago

      Gotta love Cap'n Tightpants! Firefly was the coolest sci-fi show ever and Mal definitely the coolest captain of a ship ever - yup, even shinier than Han Solo! Love this lens!

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      7 years ago

      Mal is pretty much my hero - I'm not entirely sure I have a bigger man-crush on anyone else, fictional or non.

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      7 years ago

      loved playing the quiz game adding to blog roll and giving you squid angel blessings ;)

    • PizmoBeach LM profile image

      PizmoBeach LM 

      7 years ago

      Mal is one of my favourite characters of all time!

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      C A Chancellor 

      8 years ago from US/TN

      Mal is awesome! Although I'm embarrassed to admit that I failed the quiz. :-} Guess I need to watch Firefly again!

    • WildFacesGallery profile image


      8 years ago from Iowa

      I can't believe I did so poorly. I loved the series (was bugged when it canceled) and loved the movie. Huh.

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      8 years ago

      Hi Flynn - you have to love Mal's interactions with River, like the time they had all the cows:

      R: They weren't cows inside. They were waiting to be, but they forgot. Now they see the sky and they remember what they are.

      M: Is it bad that what she said made perfect sense to me?

    • FlynntheCat1 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @KarenHC: I haven't seen 'Castle' sadly... I'll gave to hunt it down!

    • FlynntheCat1 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @Rachel Field: Hahaha :D I wondered if I'd catch anyone with that! Cause technically.. it IS 'a' Firefly!

      Yes. Yes you must study it all, in depth. I know it will be hard, but you must do it!

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      Rachel Field 

      8 years ago

      I'm so embarrassed - I said the ship was The Firefly - time to go back and study again. It must be because I haven't had breakfast yet :p

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      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      @indigoj: I got 4 out of 6 on your quiz. :)

    • KarenHC profile image


      8 years ago from U.S.

      Our sons introduced us to "Firefly" when the DVDs came out and we loved the show. Malcolm was my favorite character, although the other main characters were great too. I remember seeing the "Castle" episode with the clip you included (Space Cowboy for Halloween" -- quite funny :-)

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      8 years ago

      Excellent lens! Cap'n Mal is one of my very favorite fictional characters!

    • indigoj profile image

      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      Lucky Flynn, looks like you managed to get Mal all for yourself! Yes, he's an awesome character. Love those witty scripts and wish we had been able to see more from those Browncoats....


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