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Ika Sulko was a Mon Calamari male pilot who flew an A/SF-01 B-wing starfighter for the Alliance to Restore the Republic's Starfighter Corps. His ability to operate within the fighter's rotatable cockpit was heightened due to his inherent kinesthetic sense. He wore a green flight suit and a helmet while in his B-wing, and he had orange eyes as well as brown-mottle-colored skin.[1]

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"Fried calamari tonight!"
―Tim Rose during filming of the deleted scene[src]

Ika Sulko was created for a scene in the 1983 original trilogy film Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi that was ultimately deleted.[2] He was first pictured in the new Star Wars canon in issue 67 of De Agostini's Star Wars Helmet Collection magazine, published in 2018.[3] He was then identified in the 2019 reference book Rebel Starfighters Owners' Workshop Manual, written by Ryder Windham.[1] In the Star Wars Legends continuity, Sulko was first mentioned outside of his deleted scene in his 2012 Hasbro action figure, released as part of the Star Wars: The Vintage Collection line.[4]

Footage of the scene was first revealed in a trailer for the Star Wars: The Complete Saga box set at Comic-Con International in 2011.[5] In the scene, Sulko says several lines as they are given to a puppeteer referred to as Tim,[2] confirmed to be Admiral Gial Ackbar actor Tim Rose in an email from Rose.[6] Many of the lines were given to other Rebel pilots whose roles were cut as well, including a Sullustan and a human. The lines included mentioning that he was in range, that he was losing power, as well as a warning to stay clear, as a nearby starship was going to explode, among others.[2] Rose utilized the same puppet for Sulko that was used to film closeup shots on the face of Admiral Ackbar.[6]

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