I think two or three mortals could overtake Bumblebee, so not much danger there.

I think Bumblebee slipped by Volkswagen before because there were, at least at the time the original Japanese toy was designed, three or four other manufacturers worldwide who made cars that looked almost exactly like Beetles, so at the small scale there was no way to prove he was a Beetle (although we all knew that's what he was). But now, VW is the only manufacturer of the New Beetle, and, unfortunately, a lot of folks consider the Beetle to be an old pice of carp, not the glorious antique it truly is.